The July arrangement from Robert Furber's (1674 – 1756) "Twelve Months of Flowers” includes some 32 plant species, one among them labeled “Virginian Yellow Jasmine” (5). Gelsemium sempervirens–– better known as Carolina Jessamine, Yellow Jasmine, or Woodbine–– is a flowering vine that can be found anywhere from the southeastern United States to Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala. All parts of the plant are understood to be poisonous if eaten. However, Gelsemium sempervirens was once used medicinally for treating migraines, muscular rheumatism and other afflictions. Looking closer at the Carolina Jessamine here reminds us that flowers are often more than just pleasing-to-the-eye or aromatic. Their uses go far beyond aesthetics. In the Furber bouquet, Carolina Jessamine springs between a “Painted Lady Carnation” (6) and “Prince Picoté July Flower” (3).