Campsis radicans

Campsis radicans also known as Trumpet Climber, Trumpet Honeysuckle, Virginian Trumpet Flower, Trumpet Vine or Trumpet Creeper, and in North America Cow Itch Vine or Hummingbird Vine. It is a member of Bignoniaceae family of plants. It is native to the Eastern United States, as well as parts of Canada and parts of Latin America. Campsis radicans is a deciduous vine that grows to about 10m or 33ft. It is a fast grower and self-clinging. It has pinnate leaves which are opposite and ovate.

Campsis radicans flower in summer and autumn with red trumpet flowers that are formed in terminal cymes. Large seed pods follow the flowers. This is a hardy climber, plant Campsis radicans in the sun in moist but well-drained soil.

Campsis radicans
Campsis radicans or Trumpet Creeper or Cow Itch Vine

Campsis radicans can be propagated by seeds, soft or hardwood cuttings, or layering. Prune it in late winter or early spring. Watch out for aphids otherwise, it is pest-free and disease-free. The flowers attract hummingbirds.

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