The WALA Plant Library
Wild Jasmine

Synonyms for Wild Jasmine: False jasmine, Carolina jasmine
Scientific Name: Gelsemium sempervirens
Family: Gelsemiaceae


Wild jasmine is found along rivers in tropical climates. It is a twining climber growing up to four metres in height with lance-shaped leaves and large, funnel-shaped, lustrous yellow flowers. The clusters of flowers, which appear in April and May, are crowned with five petal lobes and give off a jasmine-like fragrance. The elongated fruit contains many winged seeds that are disseminated by the wind. The rootstock is swollen and woody.