Monday, August 30, 2010

Trumpet Creeper (Campsis radicans)

Campsis radicans is known by the common names Trumpet Creeper, Trumpet Vine, Cow-Itch Vine. It grows widely throughout the area, particularly along fences. At Fort Yargo State Park, it grows along segment 2 and at the junction of segments 13/14. Both of these sites are viewable from the water.

Plants are frequently seen along fences.

Blooms occur as clusters. These buds are just developing

Flowers are just starting to emerge

A little further along.

A little further still.

The first blooms have opened.

Most blooms are open now.

A seedpod. (The leaves behind the seed pod are a Smilax sp. which is growing on the same fence.

In Winter. The seedpod has opened; the seeds are long gone.

Campsis radicans (Trumpet Creeper) is native to the United States and grows in most states, except the Rocky Mountain states. It also grows in Ontario, Canada.

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Distribution Map:

- United States Department of Agriculture Plants Database: Campsis radicans (Trumpet Creeper)

- University of North Carolina Herbarium: Campsis radicans

Identification resources:

- Southeastern Flora: Trumpet Creeper (Campsis radicans)

- Natural and Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas and Georgia: Campsis radicans

- Missouri Plants: Campsis radicans

Related posts:

- 2010: Year Of The Wildflower – Wildflower Index

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