Cypress Vine and Cardinal Climber Attract Hummingbirds

By Newyorkrita
July 1, 2015

It's what every garden needs: a climbing plant that attracts hummingbirds.

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Jun 30, 2015 6:21 PM CST
Missouri (Zone 6a)
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Is this fragrant and how does it handle humidity? We have hummingbirds around I think would like this. We tend to have cool mornings sometimes and lots of humidity though.
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Jun 30, 2015 6:28 PM CST
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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We have lots of high humidity here on Long Island and these vines do fabulously. I have not noticed any fragrance.
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Jun 30, 2015 6:32 PM CST
Missouri (Zone 6a)
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OK, thank you!
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Jun 30, 2015 8:30 PM CST
Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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The Cypress Vine self sows down here, and does great with all kinds of heat and humidity all though 4 months of the Florida sauna we call summer.

Forgot to say, I haven't noticed any fragrance either, but the hummers sure do find it in a hurry so I guess they can smell it from afar.
Elaine

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Jul 1, 2015 5:31 PM CST
Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
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Any issues with mildew or aphids? Everything I have tried on my arbor has had problems with both, and I do want something for the hummers.
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Jul 1, 2015 5:36 PM CST
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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No problems here. And it is very humid on Long Island in the summer.
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Jul 1, 2015 6:37 PM CST
Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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The Cypress Vine has very fine, airy foliage so it seems as if it wouldn't have trouble drying to prevent mildew. I haven't seen anything like that here either.

Don't remember about the Cardinal Climber as I grew it in Utah years ago. Very dry air there in summer, though.
Elaine

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Jul 1, 2015 6:40 PM CST
Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
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Thanks! I rarely plant annuals, but it sounds like it would be worth a try.
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Jul 1, 2015 7:46 PM CST

This plant self seeds, so although It is an annual, but you do not have to replant the next year. Just control where they decide to come up, that is the major problem. I have not noticed a fragrance but the hummingbirds do not care.
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Jul 2, 2015 9:00 AM CST
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Ladyhappy48 said:This plant self seeds, so although It is an annual, but you do not have to replant the next year. Just control where they decide to come up, that is the major problem. I have not noticed a fragrance but the hummingbirds do not care.


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Jul 4, 2015 7:26 AM CST
Name: Donna King
Selmer, TN (Southern West TN) (Zone 7b)
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I have grown it for years. Have never noticed a problem with it. Have really not noticed any pests to bother it here in West Tennessee. It in itself, can be a pest, as it self seeds and you will always have it, but it is SO beautiful! Just plant it somewhere that you really don't care if it covers that area up. You could just make a small bed with an arch, arbor, trellis or some other support just for it. In no time at all it will cover it and reward you with masses of blooms till frost. I have never noticed fragrance, but strongly feel the hummers are attracted by the brilliant red color, red is all I have. Wish I had some pink & white. But they will devour them!
The Hooterville Hillbilly @ Hummingbird Hill
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