27 September 2010

Campsis radicans

Campsis is a beautiful perennial and ornamental plant with trumpet shaped flowers.  It is native to the United States of America.  It grows vigorously in any moderately fertile soil  and is a woody flowering vine as well as a deciduous climber and will quickly establish itself on a wall or fence and is particularly suited to being in the full sun.  It is said to be one of the easiest deciduous perennial vines to grow.  It should be pruned back in the spring or summer to keep it in check as it has invasive tendencies.  The tubular flowers come in a variety of colours and are mostly pale pink, orange to yellow and red.  All parts of the plant are poisonous.

Figure 1: Campsis radicans

Figure 2: The leaves and the fruit of the Campsis radicans plant.

Figure 3: A variety of Campsis radicans with pale pink flowers.

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Figure 5:  A variety of Campsis radicans with yellow flowers.
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