Through our new virtual programming series, Nature in your Neighborhood, we challenged volunteers to go out into their neighborhoods or backyards to see what plants sparked their interest. Whether plants are native or non native, we can all appreciate a connection to nature and the curiosity that it can spark!
By: Govinda Rangan
This plant is called the American trumpet vine (Campsis radicans). This plant can grow to a maximum height of 10 meters (30ft). This plant is also a home for hummingbirds. This plant is native to North America. This flowering plant flowers every year from red, orange, or yellow flowers from June to September peaking at it's highest bloom rate in July. The flowers grow to 3 inches in length and the leaves turn yellow in the fall. The American Trumpet vine takes five-seven years to grow from baby to mature. This plant does the best in partly shady and partly sunny areas. These plants are also referred to as the trumpet creeper or the cow itch vine. There are many types of insects that prey on this type of vine which are mites, whiteflies and scale insects. Coming back to growing, these plants can grow in any type of soil and people can plant these plants which can help make one's house or gardens beautiful.