April 28, 2008 | By | Comments (10)

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Q: I remember reading about a variety of Jasmine that was suitable for the Middle South, could tolerate partial shade & reached 6-8 feet against a trellis. I want to use that in my landscaping this spring & cannot locate what I thought I had found some months ago? This was less viney than Carolina Jasmine & did not get that tall.

Is there such a specimen?


A: “Jasmine” is the name that many people give to a variety of vines with sweet-smelling flowers. The South’s two most popular jasmines — Carolina jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens) and Confederate jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides) — aren’t true jasmines. The former has fragrant yellow flowers in early spring, while the latter offers extremely fragrant white flowers in late spring. Carolina jessamine is hardy just about everywhere in the South, while Confederate jasmine is usually limited to the Lower South on down.

Until recently, I would never have recommended Confederate jasmine for the Middle South. But now, thanks to the miracle of global warming, it may be viable there, for a few years anyway. It typically grows 8 feet in a single year, but I doubt it would be as vigorous in your area. A true jasmine you may want to try is common or poet’s jasmine (Jasminum officinale), which bears very fragrant white flowers in summer. Some people in the Middle South report it being hardy there. An excellent source for all the vines mentioned is Top Tropicals (www.toptropicals.com).


  1. Steve Bender


    It is only toxic if ingested, not touched.

    June 19, 2014 at 11:24 am
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  3. Grumpy Gardener (His Grace)

    Now is a good time to cut back jasmine and remove all dead growth.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:57 pm
  4. Julie Bengtson

    Thought someone would know about pruning jasmine. Helping a neighbor. She has a strong plant with lots of afternoon sun. There appears to be a “mass” of dead wood under that portion of the vines currently blooming. Should I leave it dormant? Thought if I cut it back some there would be a stronger plant with more blooming as we head to summer. Base is practically a tree. Has grown over a fence on both sides. . .Email is fine. . .Thanks.

    May 5, 2010 at 8:26 am
  5. Grumpy Gardener aka His Excellency

    Well, it’s not the same as cyanide, but I still wouldn’t recommend it for a salad.

    September 15, 2009 at 7:16 am
  6. Betsy

    cutting back confed. jasmine and got sap in my mouth. I spit it out and rinsed my mouth. So far no bad effects.
    Dont propose it is safe to ingest, but I haven’t dropped over dead either.

    September 13, 2009 at 1:59 pm
  7. Grumpy Gardener

    Hmmm….I believe I said that.

    May 4, 2009 at 1:35 pm
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    May 4, 2009 at 11:26 am
  9. Grumpy

    Carolina jessamine is toxic only if you eat it. It does not cause any skin reaction when you touch it.

    July 17, 2008 at 9:10 am
  10. Francine Fuqua

    I have just planted two Carolina jasmine vines on an arbor. I am now told that it is very poisonous. Is it poisonous just by touching it (like poison ivy) or only if ingested? I am worried!. Thanks for the help.

    July 16, 2008 at 1:24 pm

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