Cardinal climber or cardinal vine is an annual vine with bright red tubular flowers and cut foliage. It is very attractive to hummingbirds.
Size and Method of Climbing:
Cardinal climber can grow up to 10 feet. It is a twining vine which climbs by twisting its stems or leaf stalks around a support. This type of vine grows well on trellises, arbors, wires, or chain-link fences.
Native geographic location and habitat:
This vine is of hybrid origin.
The dark green leaves are deeply lobed.
Flowers are bright cardinal red and tubular in shape. They are attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies.
The fruit are dried capsules and are not ornamentally important.
Cardinal climber likes full sun and moist, well-drained soils. It is easy to grow from seed started indoors about four to six weeks before the last frost. Seeds should be scarified (nicked slightly) and then soaked overnight before planting. Transplant outside after the danger of frost has passed.
List of pests, diseases, and tolerances:
This plant is not susceptible to any serious pests or diseases.