Trumpet Creeper – Campsis radicans

Lipstick Vine

This easily grown vine has been cultivated in North America since Colonial times. The root is diaphoretic and vulnerary

The tubular flowers and large quantities of nectar produced by the trumpet creeper are attractants for hummingbirds and butterflies. The vines also provide habitat to ants, and birds like to nest in the vines

The showy flowers of trumpet creeper make this plant appropriate for some gardening and landscaping needs. It is often used as a cover for fences, arbors, walls, pillars or large trellises and as a groundcover. The cigar-like fruit may be considered decorative during winter

Ants inhabit the blossoms – or perhaps they’re shopping for nectar. At any rate if you cut trumpet vines for indoor arrangements go over them carefully to flush out any creature that may be lurking within the trumpet’s depths.

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