TREES & plants

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.


Ipomoea x multifida or Cardinal climber (ANNUAL VINE)

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