Cardinal climber (ANNUAL VINE)

Red flowers of cardinal climber.

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

Botanical name:

Ipomoea x multifida

All Common Names:

Cardinal climber, cardinal vine

Family (English):

Morning glory

Family (Botanic):


Tree or Plant Type:

  • Vine

Native Locale:

  • Non-native

Landscape Uses:

  • Container,
  • Mixed border

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,
  • Mid summer,
  • Late summer

Flower Color & Fragrance:

  • Red

Shape or Form:

  • Vining

Growth Rate:

  • Fast

More Information:

Size and Method of Climbing

Cardinal climber can grow up to 10 feet.  It is a twining vine.   Twining vines climb by twisting their stems or leaf stalks around a support.  This type of vine grows well on trellises, arbors, wires or chain-link fences.

Plant Care

Full sun and moist, well-drained soils.  Easy to grow from seed.  Seeds should be scarified (nicked slightly) and then soak overnight before planting.  Start seeds indoors about 4 to 6 weeks before the last frost.  Transplant outside after the danger of frost has passed.

Disease, pests, and problems

No serious common problems.

Native geographic location and habitat

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; not ornamentally important.


Location of Ipomoea x multifida (Cardinal climber (ANNUAL VINE)) at the Arboretum

We do not seem to have this in our living collection.