Vine Weeds of Missouri

Trumpetcreeper (Campsis radicans)


Growth habit

  • Perennial

Other names

  • Cow-itch vine
  • Devil's shoelaces
  • Hell vine
  • Shoestrings
  • Trumpet vine


  • Native

Control classification

  • Difficult


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Trumpetcreeper has compound leaves consisting of seven to 11 leaflets, each of which has coarsely serrated margins. Like some other vines, trumpetcreeper has aerial roots that assist it in climbing. The flowers are orange-red with the characteristic trumpet shape and are attractive to hummingbirds. Although it does produce seed, the plant regenerates primarily vegetatively from its rootstocks and stems that touch the soil surface.

In Missouri, trumpetcreeper is most commonly found in fencerows.

Wild thing