Native to woodlands of the southeastern United States. From Florida to Texas and north to New Jersey and Michigan
Robust and aggressive, it is best planted at the base of a fence or tree where it can be trimmed back. With support, it can grow 20m high with a main vine nearly 15cm in diameter. Flowers occur on new growth each summer, from late May through mid-September in the Carolinas; the growing season is shorter to the north, slightly longer in the southern U.S. Trumpet Creeper blooms profusely in full sun, less so in partial shade. The leaves are ovate, pinnate, 3–10 cm long, and emerald green when new, maturing into a dark green. The flowers come in terminal cymes of 4–12, orange to red in color with a yellowish throat, and generally appear after several months of warm weather. The plant as a whole may grow to 10 meters in height. The flowers are followed by large seed pods. As these mature, they dry and split. Hundreds of thin, brown, paper-like seeds are released. These are easily grown when stratified.
This easily grown vine has been cultivated in North America since Colonial times.
The root is diaphoretic and vulnerary
The tubular flowers and large quantities of nectar produced by trumpet creeper are attractants for hummingbirds and butterflies. The vines also provide habitat to ants. The flowers are very attractive to hummingbirds, and many types of birds like to nest in the dense foliage