Campsis radicans (L.) Seem. ex Bureau

  • Family: Bignoniaceae
  • Common names: trumpet creeper, trumpet vine, cow-itch vine
  • Synonyms: Tecoma radicans, Bignonia radicans

    High-climbing woody vine with aerial rootlets. Leaves pinnately compound with 9-11 ovate, pointed leaflets 5-7 cm (2-2.8 in) long. Flowers in clusters, yellowish-orange to red, tubular-funnelform, 5-8 cm (2-3 in) long, blooming through the Summer. Fruits oblanceolate capsules 10-20 cm (4-8 in) long.

    Comment: The species is cultivated for its large flowers and has become naturalized in much of the U. S. except for the northern border and the Pacific Northwest.
    Distribution: It is native to about the southeastern third of the U. S.
    Habitat: roadsides, fencerows, abandoned fields, floodplain forests.
    NWI status: FAC
    Comment: Campsis is derived from a Greek word meaning curved, and refers to the stamens; radicans refers to the aerial rootlets that the plant uses to cling to tree bark.

    Distribution in Oklahoma:

    Last update: 9/8/99
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