Cardinal Climber[creeper].

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April 16th, 2018, 12:21 am #11

More on the topic of this thread, though, I did decide one year to grow Cardinal Climber in my former Minnesota garden.  I started a bunch of seed early indoors and created a number of 8ft tall trellises out of electrical conduit and plastic netting.  I placed a number of these trellis panels in line to create a wall behind my Salvia border.  The vines grew well, but it was so much work I decided not to do it again.  I enjoyed it the one year I did it, though:
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Donald
Red Wing MN
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April 16th, 2018, 5:53 pm #12

I could be disappointed with my effort with this too.  Last time I wasnt succesful with the growth so I try again.  If it becomes over bearing or the hummers wont use it then I most likely will not grow it again.  Plus I could be overrun with insects such as aphids.  Only time will tell.
Steve W.
Martinsville IN.
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April 16th, 2018, 8:35 pm #13

Steve it does bloom later than other better hummer annuals but it is a nice fill-in vine even before it blooms but it does tend to take over. Then you have the job of removing all those dead vines later in the fall.
Penny
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Western NY state
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April 16th, 2018, 9:01 pm #14

Donald, very impressive sight!!  Did you see hummingbirds use the Cardinal Climber?
Madison, WI
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April 16th, 2018, 11:45 pm #15

kathirock wrote: Donald, very impressive sight!!  Did you see hummingbirds use the Cardinal Climber?
Kathi--that was quite a few years ago, but hummers definitely used the flowers.  One thing that bugged me was I figured I could see only half the hummer action because the back half of the trellis was never in view.  It took longer for the cardinal climber to reach full bloom than most of the Salvias--the picture was taken before the cardinal climber peaked.
Donald
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April 17th, 2018, 3:15 am #16

Donald- If mine grows like I want it to it would be the same situation here.  I would only be viewing one side of the vine. 
Steve W.
Martinsville IN.
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April 17th, 2018, 4:49 am #17

We have a honeysuckle vine that grows on a chain link fence and we have to assume that we haven't been able to see many hummingbird visits that occur on the other side of the fence.  
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April 17th, 2018, 9:27 am #18

For those starting out with a honeysuckle it might be a good fill in until the honeysuckle grows up. It would give you a nice thick vine while the honeysuckle fills out. And a side note ... it was used a lot by the hummers.
Penny
Zone 6a
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April 17th, 2018, 2:25 pm #19

I love vines and wish I had more space to plant them.  Cardinal Climber has been popular with the hummers here when I have had it, but it does not reseed abundantly like the invasive Cypress Vine or the little red or yellow Morning Glories.
Nancy L Newfield
Casa Colibrí
Metairie, LA
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April 17th, 2018, 2:31 pm #20

To those of you who get aphids on your honeysuckle and also grow cardinal climber - do you also have aphids on the cc vines.
Steve W.
Martinsville IN.
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April 17th, 2018, 3:03 pm #21

No, the aphid species that gets on honeysuckles and their relatives will not infest other unrelated plants.

Ipomoea lobata - not exactly red but hummingbirds don't care. The seed always has a low germination rate. I have to replant in cells several times to get all the cells occupied.
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Ipomoea lobata
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April 17th, 2018, 3:31 pm #22

I just got good germination from my spanish flag.  I planted four or five seeds (nicked on the side and soaked for several hours) in each yogurt cup and four plants are now growing in each cup.
Dan
East-central Iowa
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April 17th, 2018, 3:34 pm #23

Ipomoea lobata does not grow well for me, so I have uncharacteristically given up.
Nancy L Newfield
Casa Colibrí
Metairie, LA
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April 17th, 2018, 3:55 pm #24

You give up? Unbelievable. I did for awhile when it didn't bloom until mid September two years in a row. The hummingbirds were extremely angry. Then I discovered hummingbirds were always angry and thought: what the heck.
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April 18th, 2018, 4:19 pm #25

Then I discovered hummingbirds were always angry and thought: what the heck.

Too funny!  Nice to see your success Ward.  I love the way Spanish Flag looks and gave it a try here but I had the same experience as Nancy.  It either doesn't like the high humidity here or was not salt tolerant.  It did germinate but just didn't thrive, yet I've seen reports stating it did very well and has been quite the hummer magnet just twenty miles away from here in New Port Richey.   I might just have to give it another try....
Tom M
St. Pete, FL
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