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Bignonia radicans (Campsis)

Red Trumpet Creeper
  • Plant Type:
  • Vine
  • Evergreen-Deciduous:
  • Semi-Evergreen
  • Overall Mature Size:
  • Large
  • Also Grown As:
  • Staked
  • Mature Height & Spread :
  • vine to 40'
  • Natural Growth Habit:
  • Spreading
  • Native To:
  • Texas, USA
  • Exposure:
  • Full Sun, Partial Shade
  • Water:
  • Medium Water
  • Flower Color:
  • Red
  • Bloom Time:
  • Spring, Summer, Fall
  • Special Features:
  • Attracts Birds/Butterflies, Cold Hardy, Desert Conditions, Intermountain Conditions
  • Container Sizes:
  • #1, #5, #15
  • Sunset Garden Zones:
  • 1-21
  • Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone:
  • 5


Bignonia radicans was renamed Campsis radicans after genome sequencing revealed that it was actually related to a different part of the Bignoniaceae family.  Both botanical names for Common Trumpet Creeper are still in fairly common use.  A beautiful deciduous vine, Bignonia radicans demands careful consideration in placement, but rewards with clusters of large carnelian-red blossoms which attract hummingbirds and butterflies.  Trumpet Creeper climbs 40 feet or more using aerial rootlets which will cling to just about any supportive surface, and vines can become so top-heavy that they pull away.  Prune when dormant to avoid this.  Watch Bignonia radicans for suckers, and dig them out as soon as you notice them; they will quickly invade other spaces and become pervasive if not controlled.  Plant this vine in areas where dramatic flower and foliage are desired, far away from property lines, so as to not inflict surprise trumpet vines on neighbors.