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my order from @seminarycoop came in & i am SO excited to dig in!! seminary also sent some cute stickers/goodies with my order, which was a lovely surprise :)

i liked caitlin starling’s debut, The Luminous Dead, and i’m pumped for another sapphic horror story. i’m also having a ton of fun writing about the Locked Tomb books rn, so— review to come for YJ too, hopefully :)

support local/indie bookstores!

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Days 28 and 29 of my Poisonous Flower Fairy series are Xanthium (aka Cocklebur) and Yellow Jessamine!

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Portfolio 1 for my Advanced Painting class

All are oil & acrylic on canvas

Subject matter is the South Carolina Yellow Jessamine

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Yellow Jessamine or Carolina Jessamine

(Gelsemium sempervirens)

An evergreen vine native to the American Southwest. The bright yellow, trumpet-shaped, fragrant flowers make it a popular climber and groundcover, and it has been adopted as the state flower of South Carolina. All parts of the plants are poisonous. Children have died from mistaking the plant for honeysuckle and sucking the nectar out of the flowers. Both pollen and nectar can be toxic to bees who visit the plant too frequently when no other flowers are available.

(from Wicked Plants by Amy Stewart)


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YELLOW JESSAMINE” ~ © Tiffany E. Reed ~ Also known as Carolina Jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens), the State Flower of South Carolina.

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Fleur du jour - yellow jessamine, “grace, elegance.” Have a good day - XO

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Spring is on the way as Yellow Jessamine flowers bloom on March 2, at Bulls Island at Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge in South Carolina. Established in 1932 as a migratory bird refuge, Cape Romain NWR encompasses a 22-mile segment of the southeast Atlantic coast. The refuge consists of 66, 287 acres which include a fascinating expanse of barrier islands, salt marshes, intricate coastal waterways, long sandy beaches, fresh and brackish water impoundments, and maritime forest. Points of interest include Bulls Island, Cape Island, and Lighthouse Island where two lighthouses, no longer operational, still stand.

Photo: USFWS 

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scientific name: gelsemium sempervirens

common names: yellow jessamine or jasmine, Carolina jessamine or jasmine, evening trumpetflower, gelsemium, woodbine

toxicity: All parts of the plant contain the toxic strychnine-related alkaloids gelsemine and gelseminine. The sap may cause skin irritation. Consumption leads to nausea and vomiting and is often fatal. It is possible to become ill from ingesting honey made from jessamine nectar. 

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