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

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

Trumpet vine, also known as trumpet creeper or hummingbird vine, is a beautiful climbing plant that is native to the southeastern United States. The trumpet-shaped flowers of this vine are so named because of their striking resemblance to a trumpet. The flowers are bright reddish-orange in color and are perfect for attracting hummingbirds. These vines are perennial in zones 4 through 8 and prefer well-draining soil. They are also relatively drought tolerant and can handle both full sun and part shade. However, they tend to flower best when planted in full sun.

Trumpet vines grow quickly and can easily reach 30 feet in both height and width. In addition to attracting hummingbirds, it is also popular with butterflies and bees, making it a good option for butterfly gardens. Trumpet vines can also be beneficial for erosion control and are even deer-resistant. Just be sure to wear gloves when pruning your trumpet vine, as the sap can be irritating.

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.