Trumpet vine (single plant)

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Trumpet vine (Campsis radicans), also known as trumpet creeper or cow itch vine, is a vigorous, deciduous climbing plant native to the southeastern United States. It’s well-known for its attractive, trumpet-shaped flowers and ability to quickly cover structures like trellises, fences, and walls.

Key Characteristics

  1. Scientific Name: Campsis radicans
  2. Common Names: Trumpet vine, trumpet creeper, cow itch vine
  3. Family: Bignoniaceae


  • Leaves: Pinnately compound, with 7 to 11 serrated leaflets, providing a lush, green backdrop.
  • Flowers: Large, trumpet-shaped flowers that range from orange to red. They bloom in clusters from late spring to early autumn and are very attractive to hummingbirds and other pollinators.
  • Growth Habit: A woody vine that can reach heights of 30-40 feet (9-12 meters) if supported, with aerial rootlets that allow it to cling to surfaces.

Growth Conditions

  • Light: Prefers full sun for optimal flowering but can tolerate partial shade.
  • Soil: Thrives in well-drained soil but is adaptable to various soil types, including sandy, loamy, and clay soils.
  • Water: Once established, it is quite drought-tolerant, although regular watering will promote better growth and flowering.
  • Temperature: Hardy in USDA zones 4-9.

Planting and Propagation

  • Planting: Best planted in spring or fall. Choose a site where its vigorous growth can be managed.
  • Propagation: Easily propagated through seeds, cuttings, or root suckers. Root cuttings taken in winter are particularly effective.

Care Tips

  1. Pruning: Regular pruning is essential to control its vigorous growth. Prune in late winter to early spring to encourage new growth and more flowers. Remove any suckers that appear if you want to restrict its spread.
  2. Support: Provide a sturdy structure for it to climb, as it can become heavy and woody over time.
  3. Invasiveness: Trumpet vine can be invasive due to its rapid growth and tendency to spread by root suckers. Regular maintenance and monitoring are necessary to keep it in check.
  4. Pests and Diseases: Generally pest-resistant, though it can sometimes suffer from scale insects or aphids. It is also relatively disease-free.

Uses in Landscaping

  • Ornamental: Ideal for covering fences, arbors, and trellises. Its vibrant flowers add a dramatic splash of color to the garden.
  • Wildlife: Attracts hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees, making it a great choice for wildlife gardens.
  • Erosion Control: Can be used on slopes and banks to help control erosion, thanks to its extensive root system.


Trumpet vine is a robust, fast-growing climber with striking flowers that can add significant visual impact to gardens and landscapes. While its aggressive growth habit requires careful management, its ability to attract pollinators and provide vibrant color makes it a popular choice for ornamental use. Regular pruning and monitoring will help maintain its beauty and prevent it from becoming invasive.


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