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Crossvine, Bignonia capreolata, Bignoniaceae (Trumpet-Creeper Family)

By frostweed
October 22, 2014

This beautiful evergreen vine is disease and insect free, plus the blooms are amazing.

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Name: Christine
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Oct 22, 2014 8:18 AM CST
What a beautiful vine. This is one I would like to grow for the hummingbirds. They must flock to it!
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Name: josephine
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frostweed
Oct 22, 2014 8:40 AM CST
Christine, I wish I could say that, but the hummers arrive here usually too late these flowers. Rolling my eyes.
Crossvine blooms early, usually late February to early March, I imagine farther south the hummers could take advantage of it.

Here is a map to their migration schedule. http://www.hummingbirdcentral.com/hummingbird-migration.htm
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Oct 22, 2014 8:47 AM CST
What a shame! I was going to check into the flowering time, thank you for that. The hummingbirds arrive at my place around the first week in April.
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frostweed
Oct 22, 2014 9:40 AM CST
Yes it is a shame, but still the beautiful flowers attract a lot of pollinators, and they are colorful gift to the yes tired from the drabness of winter Smiling
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Oct 22, 2014 9:49 AM CST
So true. There are other pollinators that will enjoy them, including many native bees. nodding
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Newyorkrita
Oct 22, 2014 12:49 PM CST
Those flowers sure are pretty!
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frostweed
Oct 22, 2014 3:35 PM CST
Yes they are, the vine is breathtaking in the Spring. Smiling
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 22, 2014 4:06 PM CST
frostweed said:Christine, I wish I could say that, but the hummers arrive here usually too late these flowers. Rolling my eyes.
Crossvine blooms early, usually late February to early March, I imagine farther south the hummers could take advantage of it.

Here is a map to their migration schedule. http://www.hummingbirdcentral.com/hummingbird-migration.htm
Scroll to the bottom of the page to see the map.


But I think it will work for me! Big Grin Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!

Thanks Josephine!
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Name: josephine
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frostweed
Oct 22, 2014 6:21 PM CST
That is wonderful Ann, I hope you will get many hummers. Smiling


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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 22, 2014 6:37 PM CST
I have hummers now but I have plans to have a lot more. I figure if I do enough persuading they'll build a hummer hotel here. Hilarious!
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wildflowers
Oct 23, 2014 6:31 AM CST
That's great Ann! Hurray! Thumbs up

Josephine, does the crossvine ever bloom in the fall? Last fall I recall noticing some kind of vine down the road (and it wasn't trumpet vine) with flowers that looked similar. Haven't been that way this year, but will have to go take a look.

Hmmm... on second thought, maybe it was a bush rather than a vine. Now I'm not sure! Hilarious! The flowers were red though, that I remember.
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Name: josephine
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frostweed
Oct 23, 2014 7:06 AM CST
Well, it does bloom sporadically sometimes, but can not be counted on to produce flowers that will account for much.
Of course every situation is different, so who knows? I think it is a wonderful vine to decorate a fence or trellis with. Smiling
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