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Trumpetvine’s orange flowers are a beacon to every hummingbird on the block. And, they shine all summer! You’ll have hummers in your yard for three months—that’s how long it blooms—when you plant this cherished native in your garden. Trumpetvine will fuel their aerial acrobatics better than a store-bought feeder, too, because its nectar contains valuable micronutrients that sugar water lacks. When the flowers are finally spent, goldfinches and Pine Siskins are among those that may come to dine on the seeds. Keep ’em coming with this avian favorite.
May Benefit & Attract: Hummingbirds and finches
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This flamboyant flowering tree made a big impression on the first English colonist in Virginia, and with excitement, the plant quickly made its way to England early in the 17th century. Stumped as to what its name should be, they were first calling it jasmine, honeysuckle, or a bellflower. It wasn't until the mid-1700 when french Botanist Joseph Pitton de Tournefort named Trumpetvine to be in the Bigonia family.
Trumpetvine is a self-clinging vine, which means it will attach itself directly to wood, brick, or any other rough surface it can climb. This can be a good thing—you don’t have to tie up the plant or stake it. But the clinging roots can also damage siding and masonry. Be careful where you plant it.
How to Grow
Trumpetvine is easy, but there are a few things you should keep in mind. First, give it full sun and well-drained soil. Trumpetvine loves sunshine and heat. It will be quite drought tolerant once established, but make sure to water it regularly the first year while it puts roots down. To keep its dapper tree form shape, you’ll have to prune it whenever it starts to get a little wild-looking. You can trim it hard in early spring without sacrificing the blooms. The most important maintenance of these flowering vines is to give them a sturdy structure to climb up, a beautiful trellis in your garden could make an elegant and unique touch!
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