Trumpet Creeper (Campsis grandiflora)

Climber
C. adrepens. C. chinensis. Voss. Bignonia chinensis. B. grandiflora. Tecoma grandiflora.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Trumpet Creeper
Campsis grandiflora
Bignoniaceae

Plants can be allowed to scramble on the ground and will form an effective ground cover, rooting at intervals along the branches[208]. They should be planted about 2.5 metres apart each way[208].

  • Medicinal Use

    The flowers and the whole plant are blood tonic, carminative, depurative diuretic and febrifuge[147, 178, 218]. They are used in the treatment of women’s complaints[147, 178]. A decoction of the flowers is used to correct menstrual disorders, rheumatoid pains, traumatic injuries, difficult urination, pruritis and oozing dermaphytoses[147, 218].

  • Edible Use

    None known

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow spring in a greenhouse at 10¡c. Two months stratification at 5¡c assists germination[200]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of almost ripe wood, 7 – 10cm long, July/August in a frame. Slow to root but a fair percentage[78, 200]. Root cuttings 5cm long in December. Fair to good percentage[78]. Division of suckers in the dormant season[202]. Layering in winter[188]. Plants often self-layer[260].
Succeeds in a good well-drained loam[11, 200] and a very sunny position[166] or light shade[200]. Tolerates moderately alkaline or moderately acid soils[202]. Dormant plants are hardy to about -10¡c[200], though they require a sunny sheltered wall or hot summers if they are to flower well[11, 166]. The fresh young growth in spring is often damaged by late frosts[208]. Plants can take some years to settle down before they start to flower[202]. They climb by means of aerial roots but need to be supported[11, 166]. Another report says that this species does not produce aerial roots[219]. Plants can be pruned like grapes (Vitis spp.)[11] and any pruning is best done in the spring[188]. The sub-species C. grandiflora thunbergii tolerates saline winds[200]. Hybridizes freely with other members of this genus[200].
E. Asia – C. China, Japan.

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