This Musical-Sounding Flower Adds Color And Attracts Hummingbirds To Your Yard

Growing Trumpet Vine The southeastern US trumpet vine (Campsis radicans), often known as trumpet creeper or hummingbird vine, is a magnificent climbing vine. You can see why it's named by its trumpet-shaped blossoms.   

The vine's brilliant reddish-orange blossoms are ideal for hummingbirds. Trumpet vines, perennial in zones 4–8, prefer well-draining but drought-tolerant soil. They may grow in full sun or moderate shade, but flower best in full sun.    

Trumpet vines grow swiftly to 30 feet tall and wide. Besides hummingbirds, it attracts butterflies and bees, making it ideal for butterfly gardens.   

Trumpet vines provide erosion management and are deer-resistant. The sap from your trumpet vine can be irritating, so wear gloves when pruning.  

Trumpet Vine Drawbacks and Options Trumpet vine sounds ideal, but it has downsides. It grows so fast that some consider it a weed, and its aerial roots can destroy buildings.  

If you can let the vine climb without damaging anything and don't mind regular pruning, it can add a hummingbird's preferred color to your yard.  

Gardeners who want to attract hummingbirds without a vine taking over their yard may prefer trumpet vines like Indian Summer (Campsis x tagliabuana 'Kudian'), which are more compact and less aggressive.   

Alejandro Rico-Guevara, a UConn graduate student, challenged the investigators' premise because many birds favored richer nectars. Rico-Guevara and his Ph.D. tutor, Associate Professor Margaret Rubega, sought to understand more than what was written and accepted.