Cardinal climber or cardinal vine is an annual vine with bright red tubular flowers and cut foliage. It is very attractive to hummingbirds.
- Mixed border
- Large plant (more than 24 inches)
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
- Moist, well-drained soil
- Early summer,
- Mid summer,
- Late summer
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.
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.
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; not ornamentally important.