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Campsis radicans (common trumpetcreeper; cow-itch; trumpet creeper)

Synonyms: Bignonia coccinea; Bignonia florida; Bignonia radicans; Bignonia radicans var. coccinea; Bignonia radicans var. flammea; Bignonia radicans var. minor; Campsis curtisii; Campsis radicans var. praecox; Gelseminum radicans; Tecoma radicans; Tecoma radicans var. minor; Tecoma radicans var. praecox

Wikipedia Abstract

Campsis radicans (trumpet vine or trumpet creeper, also known in North America as cow itch vine or hummingbird vine), is a species of flowering plant of the family Bignoniaceae, native to the eastern United States and naturalized in parts of the western United States as well as in Ontario, parts of Europe, and scattered locations in Latin America. Growing to 10 m (33 ft), it is a vigorous, deciduous woody vine, notable for its showy trumpet-shaped flowers. It inhabits woodlands and riverbanks, and is also a popular garden subject.
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Height [3]  39 feet (12 m)
Allergen Potential [1]  Medium
Screening - Summer [2]  Moderate
Screening - Winter [2]  Porous
Hardiness Zone Minimum [2]  USDA Zone: 5 Low Temperature: -20 F° (-28.9 C°) → -10 F° (-23.3 C°)
Light Preference [2]  Full Sun
Soil Acidity [2]  Moderate Acid
Soil Fertility [2]  Infertile
Water Use [2]  Low
Flower Color [2]  Red
Foliage Color [2]  Green
Fruit Color [2]  Brown
Fall Conspicuous [2]  Yes
Flower Conspicuous [2]  Yes
Fruit Conspicuous [2]  Yes
Bloom Period [2]  Summer
Drought Tolerance [2]  High
Fire Tolerance [2]  High
Flower Type [3]  Hermaphrodite
Frost Free Days [2]  5 months 15 days
Fruit/Seed Abundance [2]  High
Fruit/Seed Begin [2]  Summer
Fruit/Seed End [2]  Fall
Growth Form [2]  Single Crown
Growth Period [2]  Spring, Summer
Growth Rate [2]  Rapid
Hazards [3]  There have been isolated cases reported of people suffering from dermatitis after handling the leaves;
Leaf Type [3]  Deciduous
Lifespan [2]  Perennial
Propagation [2]  Bare Root, Container, Cutting, Seed
Root Depth [2]  14 inches (36 cm)
Seed Spread Rate [2]  Slow
Seed Vigor [2]  High
Seeds Per [2]  136000 / lb (299828 / kg)
Shape/Orientation [2]  Climbing
Structure [3]  Vine
Usage [3]  Can be used as a ground cover plant in a sunny position; They can be allowed to scramble on the ground and will form an effective ground cover, rooting at intervals along the branches; They should be planted about 2.5 metres apart each way;
Vegetative Spread Rate [2]  Moderate
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Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Assateague Island National Seashore II 8621 Maryland, United States
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area National Recreation Area V 120283 Kentucky, Tennessee, United States
Blue Ridge Parkway National Parkway V 73611 North Carolina, Virginia, United States
Bluestone National Scenic River National River and Wild and Scenic Riverway V 3517 West Virginia, United States
Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge VI 16363 Delaware, United States
Canaveral National Seashore II 9090 Florida, United States
Carolinian-South Atlantic Biosphere Reserve 310228 North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, United States      
Catoctin Mountain Park National Park II 5994 Maryland, United States
Central Gulf Coastal Plain Biosphere Reserve 40530 United States  
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area V 7622 Georgia, United States
Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Hist. Park National Historical Park V 19586 Maryland, District of Columbia, United States
Chickamauga & Chattanooga Nat'l Military Park National Military Park V 8248 Georgia, Tennessee, United States
Colonial National Historic Park National Historical Park V 9316 Virginia, United States
Desecheo National Wildlife Refuge   Puerto Rico, United States
Fire Island National Seashore V 9433 New York, United States
Fort Caroline National Memorial III 137 Florida, United States
Fort Donelson National Battlefield III 560 Tennessee, United States
Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania Nat'l Military Park National Military Park V 10384 Virginia, United States
Friendship Hill National Historic Site III 697 Pennsylvania, United States
Gateway National Recreation Area V 1807 New Jersey, United States
Gauley River National Recreation Area V 10157 West Virginia, United States
George Washington Birthplace National Monument V 435 Virginia, United States
George Washington Memorial Parkway V   Virginia, United States
Great Smoky Mountains National Park II 515454 North Carolina, Tennessee, United States
Gulf Island National Seashore II 67487 Florida, Mississippi, United States
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site   Iowa, United States
Hobcaw Barony (North Inlet) National Estuarine Research Reserve 7585 South Carolina, United States
Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site III 861 Pennsylvania, United States
Horseshoe Bend National Military Park V 1926 Alabama, United States
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore II 8272 Indiana, United States
Little St. Simons Island   Georgia, United States
Mammoth Cave Area Biosphere Reserve (Natn'l Park) National Park II 51235 Kentucky, United States
Moores Creek National Battlefield III 100 North Carolina, United States
National Capital Region - East National Park   District of Columbia, United States
New River Gorge National River National River and Wild and Scenic Riverway V 55591 West Virginia, United States
Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve 470167 Ontario, Canada  
Obed Wild and Scenic River National River and Wild and Scenic Riverway V 5268 Tennessee, United States
Ocmulgee National Monument V 693 Georgia, United States
Oconee National Forest Botanical Reserve 306 Georgia, United States  
Petersburg National Battlefield III 3338 Virginia, United States
Point Pelee National Park II 5764 Ontario, Canada
Prince William Forest Park 19378 District of Columbia, United States
Richmond National Battlefield Park III 1517 Virginia, United States
Rock Creek Park   District of Columbia, United States
Shiloh National Military Park III 4061 Tennessee, United States
South Atlantic Coastal Plain Biosphere Reserve 20317 South Carolina, United States  
Southern Appalachian Biosphere Reserve 37548505 North Carolina, Tennessee, United States  
Tennessee River Gorge   Tennessee, United States
Upper Miss. River Nat'l Wildlife Refuge National Wildlife Refuge VI 25823 Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, United States
Valley Forge National Historical Park VI 3509 Pennsylvania, United States
Western Michigan University's Asylum Lake Preserve 274 Michigan, United States



Abagrotis alternata (greater red dart)[4]
Aonidiella orientalis (Oriental Scale)[5]
Archilochus colubris (Ruby-throated Hummingbird)[6]
Ceratomia undulosa (waxed sphinx)[4]
Chrysomphalus diversicolor[5]
Hemiberlesia lataniae (latania scale)[5]
Hyblaea puera (teak defoliator)[4]
Lecanodiaspis prosopidis[5]
Paratrea plebeja[4]
Psychomorpha epimenis[4]
Sabulodes caberata (Omnivorous looper)[4]
Saissetia coffeae (brown scale)[7]


Parasite of 
Crataegus viridis (desert hawthorn)[6]
Quercus phellos (Willow Oak)[6]
Pollinated by 
Archilochus colubris (Ruby-throated Hummingbird)[8]
Boettcheria cimbicis[8]
Bombus americanorum[8]
Camptoneura picta <Unverified Name>[8]
Centrinites strigicollis[9]
Chloralictus sparsus <Unverified Name>[8]
Chloralictus versatus <Unverified Name>[8]
Chloralictus zephyrus <Unverified Name>[8]
Conura torvina[9]
Cremastogaster lineolata <Unverified Name>[8]
Formica fusca (silky ant)[8]
Formica schaufussi[8]
Helicobia helicis <Unverified Name>[8]
Limenitis archippus (viceroy)[9]
Lucilia sericata (Green blowfly)[8]
Milichiella lucidula[8]
Musca domestica (house fly)[8]
Ravinia assidua[8]
Reichertella pulicaria[9]
Stomoxys calcitrans (stable fly)[8]
Syritta pipiens (thick-legged hoverfly)[8]
Tapinoma sessile (odorous house ant)[8]
Triepeolus remigatus[9]
Urosigalphus femoratus[9]


Shelter for 
Argiope aurantia (black-and-yellow argiope)[6]
Geothlypis trichas (Common Yellowthroat)[6]
Heterodon platirhinos (Eastern Hognose Snake)[6]
Myiarchus crinitus (Great Crested Flycatcher)[6]
Phidippus audax (Daring Jumping Spider)[6]
Pterophylla camellifolia (common true katydid)[6]
Spinus tristis (American Goldfinch)[6]


North America; Western Michigan University’s Asylum Lake;



Attributes / relations provided by
1Derived from Allergy-Free Gardening OPALS™, Thomas Leo Ogren (2000)
2USDA Plants Database, U. S. Department of Agriculture
3Plants For A Future licensed under a Creative Commons License
4HOSTS - a Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants Gaden S. Robinson, Phillip R. Ackery, Ian J. Kitching, George W. Beccaloni AND Luis M. Hernández
5Ben-Dov, Y., Miller, D.R. & Gibson, G.A.P. ScaleNet 4 November 2009
6Study of Northern Virginia Ecology
7Biological Records Centre Database of Insects and their Food Plants
8Robertson, C. Flowers and insects lists of visitors of four hundred and fifty three flowers. 1929. The Science Press Printing Company Lancaster, PA.
9Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
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