The Q&A Archives: Trumpet Creeper

Question: I recently went to the Sunset Idea house in Willow Glen, (San Jose) which features plants from Monrovia. One of the vines they had didn't have a label and I would like to purchase that vine for my garden.

I called the nursery that provided the plants and they said it was probably a trumpet creeper and from your nursery. At your website it appears that it probalby is a trumpet creeper though in real life athe flower seemed to be colored a little differenty. More orange in the throat of the flower, it seemed more multicolored. Can you give me more info. Is this vine from Mexico?

I called my local nursery to see if they had this vine and they said they would research it as you had several new "campsis" vines that you were marketing now.

Thank you.


Answer: Trumpet Creeper (Campsis) bears orange-toned blossoms shaped like flaring trumpets. Campsis grandiflora (Chinese trumpet creeper) bears reddish-orange flowers and 'Morning Charm' has peach-colored flowers. Campsis radicans (common trumpet creeper) flowers are bright orange with scarlet throats, and 'Mme Galen' has salmon red flowers. None of these seem to match the flower you describe so perhaps it's not a trumpet creeper at all! Brugmansia (angel's trumpet) has similarly shaped flowers but the flowers hang downward. Colors range from white to pink, apricot, red and yellow. Hope the above information helps you find exactly the plant you're looking for!

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