Campsis radicans, commonly known as trumpet vine or trumpet creeper, is a species of flowering plant in the family Bignoniaceae. It is native to the southeastern United States, but has been widely cultivated and naturalized in many other parts of the world due to its attractive, trumpet-shaped orange-red flowers and ability to climb and cover walls, trellises, and arbors.
The plant typically grows as a deciduous woody vine, although it can also be trained to grow as a shrub. Its leaves are pinnately compound, with 7-11 leaflets that are ovate to lanceolate in shape and up to 4 inches (10 cm) long. The flowers, which bloom in summer and fall, are tubular with flared, five-lobed tips, and are pollinated by hummingbirds and bees. The fruits are elongated, brownish, and contain numerous seeds that are dispersed by the wind.
Trumpet vine is a hardy and fast-growing plant that can reach heights of up to 30 feet (9 meters) and spreads rapidly by suckering from its roots. It prefers full sun and moist, well-drained soil, but can tolerate a wide range of soil types and conditions. However, it can be invasive in some areas, and may require regular pruning to keep it under control.
Although it is a popular ornamental plant, trumpet vine can be toxic to pets and humans if ingested, and may cause skin irritation in some individuals. It is also known to attract certain pests, such as spider mites and Japanese beetles.