The Cardinal Climber Plant: A Natural Magnet for Hummingbirds


Cardinal Climber (Ipomoea sloteri cardinalis) is a beautiful and vibrant flowering vine that is a favorite among both hummingbirds and gardeners. This plant uses its bright red tubular flowers to attract hummingbirds, making it a must-have for any garden that wants to attract these fascinating creatures.

Growing up to 10 feet in height, Cardinal Climber is a fast-growing vine that can quickly cover trellises, fences, and walls. Its alternate, lobed leaves are green and heart-shaped, adding a lush and tropical feel to any garden. The flowers are about one inch long and give off a sweet fragrance that is irresistible to hummingbirds.

Cardinal Climber is a hybrid of the native Morning Glory (Ipomoea tricolor) and the exotic Cypress Vine (Ipomoea quamoclit). It combines the best traits of its parents to create a truly stunning and unique plant. The hardy nature of the Morning Glory allows Cardinal Climber to withstand some cold temperatures, making it suitable to grow in Ohio and other areas with similar climates. However, it is still susceptible to frost, so it is important to plant it after the danger of frost has passed.

Cardinal Climber

The Cardinal Climber is a popular flowering vine known for its ability to attract hummingbirds. This vigorous climber, scientifically known as Ipomoea sloteri, is native to the Columbus area and has been making news as a top choice for gardeners looking to attract these beautiful creatures.

The Cardinal Climber is a fast-growing vine that can eventually cover a large area. It can be planted in a variety of conditions, but it seems to do best in full sun, where it can grow up to 15 feet in a single year. The leaves of this plant are alternate and finely divided, giving it a delicate and airy appearance.

The Cardinal Climber produces small heart-shaped flowers in shades of red and pink, which are the perfect size for hummingbirds to feed on. The flowers bloom all summer long, providing a constant food source for these tiny birds.

This vine is easy to care for and requires minimal maintenance. It is a veteran in horticulture and has been grown by gardeners for many years. Its characteristics make it a popular choice for those who are new to gardening or don’t have the time to devote to high-maintenance plants.

One of the best things about the Cardinal Climber is that it is not invasive. Unlike some other vine species, this plant does not spread aggressively and take over other plants’ space. It grows from seed and produces a small number of pods, which are easy to control. Additionally, it has no known pests or diseases.

If you decide to purchase Cardinal Climber seeds, you can soak them in water overnight to help with germination. Plant the seeds in neutral to slightly acidic soil, and keep them moist until they sprout. When the seedlings have grown a few inches, you can transplant them outdoors.

The Cardinal Climber is a versatile plant that can be grown in a variety of settings. It is a great addition to flower beds, trellises, or fences. It can also be grown in containers, making it a perfect choice for those with limited space or who want to add a pop of color to a patio or balcony.

Another benefit of the Cardinal Climber is that it is deer-resistant. Deer tend to stay away from this plant, making it a great choice for those who live in areas with high deer populations.

In conclusion, the Cardinal Climber is a beautiful and versatile plant that is sure to attract hummingbirds to your garden. Its vibrant flowers and delicate appearance make it a popular choice among gardeners. If you’re looking to create a hummingbird-friendly garden, consider adding the Cardinal Climber to your list of must-have plants.

Growing Car­dinal Climber Seeds

If you think that the vibrant red blooms of the car­dinal climber are an inva­sion of beauty, then you’ll be delighted to hear this news. The car­dinal climber, also known as the hummingbird magnet, is a favorite among gar­den­ing enthusiasts in the US. This hybrid variety of the car­dinal vine has become quite popular due to its ability to attract hummingbirds with its bright, red flowers.

If you want to grow car­dinal climber seeds, there are a few characteristics and care instructions you should be aware of. First of all, car­dinal climbers can be grown both outdoors and indoors. If you live in a cooler climate like Ohio, it is recommended to grow them indoors in containers. The vines prefer well-drained soil and should be watered regularly to establish healthy growth.

When planting car­dinal climber seeds, it’s best to do it irregularly-shaped containers to allow for the vines’ free growth. As the vine grows, you can provide some physical support such as a trellis or line for the shoots to climb. The overall maintenance of car­dinal climbers is relatively easy and they can reach a size of up to 10 feet.

Car­dinal climbers are known for their beautiful red flowers, but they also produce white flowers in some instances. These flowers are airy and attract hummingbirds, making them a magnet for these tiny creatures. If you want to attract hummingbirds to your gar­den, car­dinal climbers are a great addition.

When it comes to car­dinal climber seeds, they are readily available for purchase online or at local gar­den centers. Make sure to choose a reputable source and read the seed characteristics and growing information below. The seeds can be planted in soil or started indoors and then transplanted to the ground when the weather turns warmer.

Overall, if you are a gar­dening enthusiast or a veteran gar­dener looking for a low-maintenance, hummingbird-attracting plant, the car­dinal climber is a great choice. With its vibrant blooms and ability to attract hummingbirds, it will surely add a touch of beauty to your gar­den.

Shipping Information

At Legault Horticulture, we care about ensuring that your Cardinal Climber seeds arrive in perfect condition. To guarantee the best quality, we package and ship our seeds with care.

Shipping rates are based on the amounts and overall weight of the seeds you purchase. We offer both domestic and international shipping options to cater to our valued customers worldwide.

Once you place your order, we will carefully pack your Cardinal Climber seeds and promptly ship them to your specified address. Our shipping team ensures that each package is securely sealed to prevent any damage during transit.

Cardinal Climber seeds are quite hardy and can tolerate a wide range of conditions. To ensure the best chance of successful growth, we recommend soaking the seeds in water for a few hours before planting.

The Cardinal Climber plant is a vigorous climber that can grow up to 10 feet in height. It has attractive green foliage and produces beautiful white and red trumpet-shaped flowers, attracting hummingbirds and other fauna.

It grows best in well-drained soil and prefers a neutral pH. Cardinal Climber is a fast-growing plant that can quickly cover any trellis or support you provide. It’s also a versatile plant that can be grown in containers or in the ground.

Cardinal Climber is not an invasive plant, so you don’t have to worry about it taking over your garden. The plant has narrow, finely cut leaves and produces small pods that contain the seeds.

In areas with frost, Cardinal Climber is an annual plant, and the seeds need to be replanted each year. However, in zones where the climate is milder, the vine can sometimes survive the winter and return each year.

As a veteran in the gardening and horticulture industry, Legault Horticulture is committed to providing high-quality plants and seeds to our customers.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about Cardinal Climber or need assistance with your order. We are always here to help and provide you with the latest news and tips on growing this hummingbird magnet plant.

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We understand that shipping costs can be a concern, especially for larger orders or those living near our warehouse in Columbus, Ohio. That’s why we offer free shipping on orders over $50.

It’s important to note that our Cardinal Climber seeds come with detailed planting and care instructions, so even beginner gardeners can enjoy growing this beautiful and hummingbird-attracting plant. The Cardinal Climber grows best in USDA hardiness zones 9-11, but can be grown as an annual in colder zones. It has stunning red flowers that bloom from summer to frost, attracting hummingbirds and other fauna to your garden.

If you’re worried about the maintenance of a climbing plant, rest assured that the Cardinal Climber is quite low maintenance. It can grow up to 10-15 feet tall and requires a trellis or other support structure for climbing. The plant has finely cut foliage that adds a delicate touch to any garden and uses its tendrils to climb and cover structures.

When grown in the right conditions, Cardinal Climber is not invasive and does not require much attention. It’s easy to grow from seed and will eventually bloom with beautiful red flowers in the shape of hearts. The plant also produces seed pods that can be collected for future seedlings. The seeds themselves are triangular, somewhat similar to those of its hybrid parents, Ipomoea quamoclit and Ipomoea lobata.

For those living in colder regions, we recommend starting the seeds indoors 4-6 weeks before the last frost date and then transplanting the seedlings outdoors after all danger of frost has passed. In warmer regions, the seeds can be sown directly into the ground. Cardinal Climber prefers full sun and well-drained soil.

Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or just starting out, Cardinal Climber is a great addition to any garden. Its stunning red flowers and ability to attract hummingbirds make it a real magnet for nature. Growing Cardinal Climber is not only satisfying but also beneficial for the environment.

We hope this information helps you in growing Cardinal Climber in your garden. If you have any further questions or need more information, feel free to reach out to our gardening experts. We are here to provide the latest news and tips for your gardening adventures.

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.