Let the Trumpets Sound!

trumpet creeper2Here’s a glorious summer bloomer — worthy of a trumpet salute! This is Trumpet Creeper, Campsis radicans, a perennial vine with showy red-prance blossoms. According to the Tennessee Native Plant Society, “Another name for this plant is Cow-Itch Vine as the wet foliage can irritate sensitive skin. … The deep trumpet-shaped flowers are frequented by hummingbirds.

trumpet creeperThe genus Campsis has only two species — our native species and Chinese Trumpet Creeper (C. grandiflora) from eastern Asia.”  I have never seen the latter — can’t imagine a more grand flower, though, than this one.


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