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Trumpet Creeper

Campsis radicans - trumpet creeper vine - in flower
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Campsis radicans - trumpet creeper vine - in flower

Campsis radicans, the trumpet vine or trumpet creeper (also known in North America as cow itch vine or hummingbird vine), is a species of flowering plant in the family Bignoniaceae, native to the eastern United States, and naturalized elsewhere. Growing to 10 m (33 ft), it is a vigorous, deciduous woody vine, notable for its showy trumpet-shaped flowers. It inhabits woodlands and riverbanks, and is also a popular garden subject. In some parts of the country it is considered invasive.

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