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Trumpet Creeper

( Campsis radicans )

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Trumpet Creeper
Trumpet Vine
Cow Vine
Cow Itch
Bignoniaceae
Campsis
Campsis radicans
(Linnaeus) Seeman ex Bureau
ON
Bignonia radicans
Tecoma radicans
Characteristics

Vine

Deciduous

5

Sun, Partial Shade

Clay, Sand, Loam

Dry, Normal, Moist

Yes

No

No

No
Habitat Considerations

Mixedwood Plains

Forest Edge, Wet Meadow/Prairie/Field, Riparian

Butterfly, Bird, Hedgerow/Thicket/Windbreak/Screening
Design Considerations

1000 cm

1500 cm

Jun - Sep

Red|Orange

Yes

Yes

Brown

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Hummingbirds, Butterflies

No
Conservation Status

No


Interesting Tidbits

This is on the endangered species list of COSEWIC (Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada) Causes low toxicity if eaten. Skin irritation minor, or lasting only for a few minutes. Poisonous part: Leaves and Flowers (Poisonous Plants of N.C.) Hummingbirds love this plant's trumpet-shaped flowers (scarlet/orange) which are 6-8 cm long. Leaves are divided into 7-11 leaflets. The stems climb or sprawl to their huge extent. (North American Wildlife - Wildflowers) Useful as vine or ground cover. Species has been developed to be more ornamental. It provides shade. No part of the plant is a food source. The plant is diaphoretic (induces sweating when eaten) and vulnerary (can be used in healing wounds). (Plants For A Future) Seeds can be sown in the fall, or semi-ripe cuttings can be taken in summer for rooting.


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