Trumpet Vine, Hummingbird Vine, Cow Itch Vine, Cow Vine, Foxglove Vine, Hellvine, Devil's Shoestring
Trumpet Creeper is a native vine that is common in much of Virginia. It was popular among some of the early colonists in the state and was imported by England during the 1600s. Its flowers are succeeded by large seed pods which dry and split as they mature, releasing hundreds of brown, paper-like seeds. Numerous bird species are attracted to it, and hummingbirds and orioles are attracted to the nectar in the flowers. The flowers and foliage also attract sphinx moths, bumblebees, honeybees, ants, flies, beetles, and a variety of caterpillars. Trumpet Creeper grows quickly and can attach to fences, walls, and other objects. Its roots can damage brick, stone, and wood.
Return to the Index