Trumpet Vine (Campsis radicans)

Climber
Bignonia radicans. Tecoma radicans. (L.)Juss.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Trumpet Vine
Campsis radicans
Bignoniaceae

Can be used as a ground cover plant in a sunny position[188]. They 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 root is diaphoretic and vulnerary[61, 218].

  • Edible Use

    None known

  • Cautionary Notes

    There have been isolated cases reported of people suffering from dermatitis after handling the leaves[274].

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]. Suckers, removed in the dormant season.
Succeeds on a warm wall in a good loamy soil[1] in full sun[166] or light shade[200]. Plants can become rampant when growing in rich soils[200]. A very ornamental plant[1], it is hardy to about -20¡c according to some reports[184, 200] whilst another says that it is not hardy in all parts of the country but it succeeds in more open positions such as a pergola or an old tree in the southern part of England[1]. Plants require the extra warmth of a sunny wall to induce better flowering[184]. Plants are self-clinging by aerial roots like ivy but are best if given some support[1, 166]. Any pruning is best done in the spring[188]. The seed only ripens outdoors in Britain in hot summers[11]. There are some named forms selected for their ornamental value[202]. Hybridizes freely with other members of this genus[200].
Southeast N. America – Florida to Texas and north to New Jersey and Michigan..

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