Carolina jasmine (Gelsemium sempervirens is a climbing, woody evergreen vine with fragrant, bright yellow flowers. It grows commonly in the bluffs and swamps throughout the Southeastern and southwestern United States, Mexico and parts of Central America. It is found most frequently growing along fencelines, open woods and roadsides. Carolina jasmine produces small clusters of fragrant yellow, showy trumpet-shaped flowers late winter to early spring.
Random fact: Carolina jasmine is the South Carolina state flower.
All parts of carolina jasmine contains the toxic strychnine-related alkaloids gelsemine, gelseminine and sempervirine. Following ingestion of carolina jasmine, several goats experienced neurological signs characterized by marked progressive weakness and convulsions culminating in death.
- Profuse Sweating
- Respiratory Failure