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Campsis radicans [= Bignonia radicans]

Trumpet Creeper; Trumpet Vine, Cow Itch

Scientific Name:

Campsis radicans [= Bignonia radicans]

Genus:

Campsis

Species Epithet:

radicans

Common Name:

Trumpet Creeper; Trumpet Vine, Cow Itch

Plant Type

Woody Vine

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Bignoniaceae (Bignonia Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Bloom Color(s):

Orange

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

July, August, September, October

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Bottomland forests, swamp forests, fencerows, oldfields, forests, thickets, disturbed areas.

Leaf Arrangement:

Opposite

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Compound

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Recommended and Available

Notes:

In the pre-Columbian
landscape this plant was primarily limited to swamps and bottomlands; it has done well as a weedy colonizer of abandoned
farmland, fencerows, and thickets (where particularly conspicuous on fenceposts and old tobacco barns). In swamps of the
Coastal Plain it is a common liana, often with its foliage in the canopy 30-40 m above the ground, and with stems to 15 cm in
diameter. Even when the foliage cannot be seen, Campsis is immediately recognizable by its shreddy tannish bark (unlike any of
our other high-climbing vines).

Buds

Note the compound leaves

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Blooms

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Bloom Close Up

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Leslie John Sox

Buds Close up

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Leslie John Sox

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

NCSU Plants
eFloras Plants


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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