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Cardinal climber or cardinal vine is an annual vine with bright red tubular flowers and cut foliage.  It is very attractive to hummingbirds.

  • Family (English) Morning glory
  • Family (botanic) Convolvulaceae
  • Tree or plant type Vine
  • Native locale Non-native
  • Size range Large plant (more than 24 inches)
  • Light exposure Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
  • Soil preference Moist, well-drained soil
  • Season of interest early summer, late summer, midsummer
  • Flower color and fragrance Red
  • Shape or form Vining
  • Growth rate Fast

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.

Leaf description:

The dark green leaves are deeply lobed.

Flower description:

Flowers are bright cardinal red and tubular in shape.  They are attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies.

Fruit description:

The fruit are dried capsules and are not ornamentally important.

Plant care:

Cardinal climber likes full sun and moist, well-drained soils.  It is easy to grow from seed started indoors about 4 to 6 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.

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