By Daria / March 24, 2014 Share Tweet Pin Share Share With the early morning day light I parked at the rest stop in South Carolina. The first thing that caught my attention were yellow blooms of a climbing vine, adorning the trunks of some nearby trees. At that point I had no idea what I was looking at. But I liked them. The cheerfulness and bright color of trumpet-shaped flowers made me smile.My instant reaction was taking some photos, to preserve the happy moment and to be able to identify the plant. Photo creditsThe very next day I was (with the help of google images) able to identify the yellow blooming spring vine as Carolina jasmine. Other common names for this plant are: Carolina jessamine confederate jasmineyellow jasmineevening trumpet flowerwoodbinehabitusCarolina climbing jasminefalse jessaminegelsemiumGelsemium sempervirens (botanical name) Photo creditsOne of the most beautiful vines of the south, yellow jessamine is also a state flower of South Carolina. All across the Southeastern U.S., the slender reddish-brown vines and bright-yellow blooms can be found in open woodlands, alongside roads, covering trees and fences, or growing as a ground-cover.Confederate jasmine is also well known for its strong, sweetly scent and abundance of nectar that attracts many pollinators. That morning I haven't noticed any buzzing around the blossoms. I guess all the buzzers were still resting after the previous busy day. Or, maybe, they were waiting for the sun to dry off the heavy morning dew drops. Photo creditsEasy to grow in a variety of growing conditions, preferably sun - or shade, with moderate growth rate, Carolina jasmine will even thrive in pots. In warmer climates its leaves are evergreen and early blooming time (February through April) is sure to add some cheer to any landscape.The only downside is that all plant parts are toxic and sap may cause a skin irritation. And yet, the fresh root-stock is being used in homeopathic medicine as a topic remedy (gel), in very small quantities and under the supervision of licensed practitioner. I do feel very thankful that I got to meet, know and write about another member of flora during my travels. Every season introduces me to a new version of Mother Nature's artwork along the road and I love and praise them all. Still, deep down in my heart I dare to admit that spring to me is extra special.