Plant types and subtypes: Vines
Light Requirements: sun, part-sun
Water Use: low
Soil Moisture: dry, moist
Soil Description: acid, neutral, rich, average, poor, loam, clay, sand, gravel/rock
Bloom Time: June, July, August, September
Bloom Color: yellow, orange, red
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Additional Tags: attracts bees, attracts birds, attracts hummingbirds, climbing, clumping, colonizing, creeping, drought tolerant, naturalizing, showy fruit
Pricing & Availability
Campsis radicansAlso known as:
common trumpet creeper,
Bignonia radicans, Tecoma radicans
It is hard to imagine a trumpet flower without thinking of Campsis radicans. It is a multi-branched woody vine that will easily grow to 40' with proper support. The 3" long trumpet-shaped flowers can be yellow, orange or red, and every shade in between. They appear in clusters at the end of the stems or branches. These give way to 6" long, showy fruit pods containing winged seeds that can be dispersed by the wind. The compound leaves are pinnate, dark green and coarsely serrated.
Trumpet creeper is a suckering vine that will spread aggressively by underground runners, as ell as from seed dispersal. It will grow anywhere and in any soil, though it will bloom more profusely with more sun. It is easier to grow than it is to restrain. Unwanted suckers should be removed immediately or mowed over to control unwanted spread. This vine can become massive and requires a sturdy support. Just like English ivy, it will cling to stone and masonry walls by means of aerial rootlets. This an ideal plant to hide abandoned structures or utility poles, while also providing several months of showy flowers. Established plants will be quite drought resistant. Bloom times are June to September. Zones 4-9
Easy to propagate from seed, or by semi-hardwood and root cuttings. Suckers can also be dug out and transplanted.
Dr. Michael Dirr, professor of horticulture at the University of Georgia has famously stated: "if you cannot grow this [trumpet creeper], give up gardening". It is best not to use this plant outside its native range. All parts of the plant can be toxic if ingested in large quantities. The sap can cause skin irritations.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
AL, AR, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, WV
|Species||Campsis radicans||trumpet creeper|