Campsis radicans (cow-itch vine, trumpet flower, trumpet vine, hummingbird vine, Hellvine, devil’s shoestring)

description: deciduous semi-evergreen vine

place of origin: North America

urban habitat: commonly found in waste areas, disturbed areas, along roadsides, fences, buildings, walls, railroads, trees, telephone poles; thrives in full sun, drought tolerant.

ecological function: fast growing disturbance-adapted colonizer; can be used for erosion control; food for wildlife.

history: Although native to the US, Campsis radicans is considered invasive due to its aggressive spreading habit. It was imported into the UK on the early 17th century with colonization of North America. It is currently found throughout temperate Asia. Its leaves and flowers cause skin irritation in many mammals and is slightly toxic if ingested. It has been used medicinally to promote perspiration and for healing wounds.