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Campsis radicans

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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

Height: 25'-40'

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

Campsis radicans (trumpet creeper)
  • Campsis radicans (trumpet creeper)
  • Campsis radicans (trumpet creeper)
  • Campsis radicans (trumpet creeper)
  • Campsis radicans (trumpet creeper)

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Description

Campsis radicans

Also known as:

trumpet creeper

,

trumpet vine

,

trumpet flower

,

common trumpet creeper

,

cow vine

,

cow-itch

Scientific Synonyms:

Bignonia radicans, Tecoma radicans

Description

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.

Cultivation

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

Propagation

Easy to propagate from seed, or by semi-hardwood and root cuttings. Suckers can also be dug out and transplanted.

Additional Notes

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

Native Range:
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

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Asteridae
Order Scrophulariales
Family Bignoniaceae Trumpet-creeper family
Genus Campsis campsis
Species Campsis radicans trumpet creeper