Campsis radicans

Common Trumpetcreeper

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Campsis radicans, commonly known as trumpet vine, features large orange flowers shaped like trumpets from late summer until frost. A favorite of hummingbirds and pollinating insects, the flowers increase their attraction with external nectaries as well as nectar-producing glands inside the flower near the base. Once established, this native vine can become large if grown on mature trees. Gardeners looking for a vine for a trellis will have an opportunity to practice their pruning skills.

The genus Campsis is derived from the Greek term kampsis, meaning "bending," because the stamens are curved. This genus contains only two species; the second is native to China and has a long history of medicinal use. Related species in the same genus occurring in both China and eastern North America are not all that unusual. Before the super continent Pangaea split into the 7 continents we know today, these genera were found throughout. Since then, the ancestral plants have been modified by divergent climates to produce the species seen today.

Plant Shape
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Bloom Time
July - August, September - October
Bloom Color
Red, Orange
Landscape Use
Groundcover, Vine
Wildlife Interest
Attracts Birds, Attracts Butterflies, Resistant To Deer, Native to Midwest
Plant Type
Hardiness Zone
4 - 9