Trumpet creeper (Campsis radicans
). It may take a year for this decidous vine to become established, but it grows extremely fast after it's settled in. The vine attaches itself to supports by means of aerial roots and also climbs by twining and grows quickly to 30 feet or more. The relatively new cultivar 'Monbal' offers clusters of up to 12 flowers, each four inches long. This tough vine grows anywhere--the woody-plant guru Michael Dirr says "If you cannot grow this, give up gardening; grows in any soil and also prospers in sidewalk cracks." Deciduous, hardy to USDA Zone 4. A tropical version of the trumpet vine, Distictis buccinatoria
, is evergreen, has larger flowers and blooms over a longer period of time. It's hardy in the coastal regions of the South. The vine clings via tiny suction cups which leave visible scars whenever they're removed. Warning: Both of these vines may become invasive in the landscape and may require their growth to be kept in check. Read further about these dual trumpet vines
. Always check with your local extension office or trusted nurseryman to find out which plants are invasive in your area.
--Photo courtesy of Monrovia