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Trumpet Creeper July 19, 2010

Posted by Wapello Warbler in Nature, pictures, Wild Flowers.
Trumpet Creeper

Only one of the 800 different species of Trumpet Vines grows wild in Iowa, Campsis radicans. Most of its relatives are tropical plants, but this one is native to our area.

Trumpet Creepers can be found growing wild along the sides of the road, in fallow fields, and in low woods and thickets. They can also be found in yards, where they can be trained to grow as bushes or to grow up the sides of brick homes. Hummingbirds seem to like them, too.

Watch your step around them. Stems can grow horizontally along the ground for many feet, creating a trip hazard. That’s how it got one of it’s equally colorful nicknames: Devil’s Shoestrings.

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