Trumpet Creeper
Campsis radicans - (Linnaeus) Seemann
Bignoniaceae (Trumpet Creeper/Bignonia) Family

Trumpet Creeper is also known as Trumpet Vine, Cow-Itch Vine, Devils Shoe Laces and Hell Vine.

Plant is a woody climbing vine. Its preferred habitat is fields, roadsides, fence rows, woodland edges and swamp thickets. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

The leaves are opposite; pinnately compound with leaflets or veins arising along both sides of the stalk; segments are oval shaped; toothed.

Flowers are in a terminal cluster; bisexual in nature and symmetrical in form (divided into two parts each being the image of the other). The calyx is five-lobed; corolla is tubular and five lobed. The color is orange to red. Flowers occur in the summer.

Fruit is a capsule.

Handling the plant can cause severe dermatitis in some people (Cow-Itch) and the vine is reported to contain a narcotic substance. The plant was originally cultivated but escaped to the wild and became naturalized.

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