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Natural Highlights: Trumpet Vine

  

The bright red-orange flowers which give Trumpet Vine (Campsis radicans) its name are visible in the woods and along the trails near the Wolf River, attracting scores of hummingbirds preparing for their long migratory journey.  Also called Trumpet Creeper, Hellvine, Cowvine, and Devil's Shoestring, Trumpet Vine is quite aggressive with clinging aerial rootlets which can damage wood and masonry, and suckers which spread from the roots.  While it makes a wonderful addition to a home wildlife garden, it should be planted carefully, in a location where it can be managed easily. It is also mildly toxic and can irritate some people's skin, thus, another name: Cow-Itch Vine.

Trumpet Vine is pollinated by hummingbirds, sphinx moths and long-tongued bees, and is the host plant for the larvae of the Plebeian Sphinx Moth. There are plenty of other faunal associations, too, with birds, beetles, ants, and more.  You can read more about Trumpet Vine at the links below.

https://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/trees/plants/trumpet_creeper.htm

https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=cara2

https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/campsis-radicans/

Posted by Cathy Justis at 4:22 PM