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by Gerri Reaves
Trumpet creeper (Campsis radicans)
is a fast-growing native woody vine
found throughout Florida and most
of the eastern U.S. This member of the
begonia family can grow to 40 feet or
Consider using it if you need a pretty
wildlife-friendly vine to cover a fence,
trellis, gazebo or unsightly spot, or if you
need a low-maintenance groundcover.
In the wild, where it is common in
woods and thickets, it can scramble up
trees and “take over” a canopy. In some
geographical areas, it is classified as an
invasive or noxious weed.
Its ability to travel via twining stems
and aerial roots can make it bothersome
– even destructive – inching its way under
house siding or repeatedly venturing
where it’s not wanted. The term radicans,
which means “with rooting stems,” indi-
cates this propensity.
In addition, the aerial roots have an
adhesive-like substance that can damage
the surfaces of structures.
Pruning will be required to confine it
to a specific area. Keeping it as a con-
tainer plant might be the best solution.
Despite its tenacious climbing, howev-
er, this vine is loved for its vivid orange or
red tubular flowers whose plentiful nectar
attracts not only bees and butterflies but
hummingbirds... as well as ants.
The flowers of about three inches long
appear in clusters, spring through fall.
The opposite coarse-textured toothed
leaves are two to four inches long with
seven to 15 leaflets. The showy flowers
contrast prettily against the dark-green
The bark is light-colored and shedding.
The hard brown pod-like fruit is keeled,
three to six inches long, and contains
many winged seeds.
Give this drought-tolerant vine a sunny
spot for maximum blooms. Propagate it
with cuttings, suckers or seeds.
Both the leaves and flowers can cause
skin irritation in mammals, thus the com-
mon name, cow-itch vine. The plant is
somewhat toxic if ingested.
Several ornamental cultivars are avail-
able, including a yellow one.
Sources: Florida Landscape Plants by
John V. Watkins and Thomas J. Shee-
han, A Gardener’s Guide to Florida’s
Native Plants by Rufino Osorio, Native
Florida Plants by Robert G. Haehle and
Joan Brookwell, The Shrubs and Woody
Vines of Florida by Gil Nelson, edis.ifas.
ufl.edu, floridata.com and plants.usda.
Plant Smart explores the diverse
flora of South Florida.
Native trumpet creeper attracts hummingbirds, bees and butterflies
photo by Gerri Reaves
THE RIVER - SEPTEMBER 18, 2015
From page 1
‘Ding’ Free Passes
“President Obama’s Every Kid In A
Park program is part of his ongoing
efforts to get kids outside and enjoying
nature,” said Toni Westland, supervisory
refuge ranger at “Ding” Darling. “That
has been our goal for years, so we are
taking it a step further to encourage
fourth graders and their families.”
Obtaining the free annual pass – a
value of $80 – requires fourth-grade
students to print out a voucher, found
online at everykidinapark.gov. Fourth
graders can complete the voucher and
take it to the fee booth on Wildlife Drive
to receive their pass. They must present a
printed voucher; electronic forms are not
“We are working with local schools to
create videos to promote this program
and are planning a special day at the
refuge for fourth graders and their fami-
lies,” said Westland. “We will be further
promoting it at ‘Ding’ Darling Days’ free
Family Fun Day on Sunday, October 24.
We are shooting to issue the most passes
of any national wildlife refuge, and there
are more than 550 of them.”
For more information on the Every
Kid In A Park pass, visit everykidinapark.
gov. For questions about obtaining a pass
at “Ding” Darling NWR, call 472-1100
At Edison Ford
The Harvest Moon on September 27
and 28 will be quite a phenomenon
this year, appearing larger and
brighter than usual immediately before
and after passing through a total Lunar
Eclipse (during which it will appear dark
The Edison & Ford Winter Estates
will present a Moonlight Garden Walk
on the riverside of the estates to include
the spectacular lunar activity and also the
nighttime flower and pollinator activity.
Telescopes, cameras and binoculars are
encouraged. The Supermoon total lunar
eclipse only occurs once every 33 years
or so. Heather Preston, Planetarium
Director of the Calusa Nature Center, will
join Debbie Hughes, Edison Ford Horti-
culturist, for the lecture and program. Call
the Edison Ford at 334-7419 to register
as space is limited.
The fall Harvest Moon on Sunday,
September 27 will rise around dusk and
will be visible weather permitting. The
program begins at 6:30 p.m. at the
Marina at Edison Ford, Pinchers, in the
Marina Room Bar for the beginning
lecture before venturing onto the historic
property. The lecture will happen rain or
shine and (weather permitting) move to
garden and lunar viewing at 7:15 p.m.
The “umbral” stage of the lunar eclipse
will begin at 9:07 p.m. – a gradually-
increasing “bite” will obscure the edge of
the full moon starting at its eastern edge
as over the next hours the moon travers-
es the deepest part of Earth’s shadow,
glowing deep red with the “sunset light”
that is refracted by Earth’s atmosphere.
The connection to gardens and
horticulture is ancient. Harvest Moon is
a name originally used by farmers to kick
off the season for gathering vegetables
and getting ready for winter. It’s the name
for the full moon nearest the autumnal
equinox. This year, the moon reaches
full about an hour after reaching perigee,
which makes our 2015 Harvest Moon a
“supermoon.” A perigee full moon ap-
pears some 14 percent larger in diameter
and so almost 30 percent brighter than a
full moon at apogee. The Harvest Moon
most often falls in September but some-
times falls in early October – whichever
is closest to the equinox. Come enjoy the
night-blooming species in our gardens
and the eclipsing of the supermoon in a
single nature-celebrating experience.
Registration is $40 for the general
public and $10 for Edison Ford and Calu-
sa Nature Center members. Call Leeanne
Criswell at the Edison Ford to register at
334-7419. The program will begin in the
Marina Room downstairs in the Marina at
Edison Ford, Pinchers Restaurant.
For additional information, call 334-
7419 or visit www.edisonfordwinteres-
Lake Kennedy Senior Center
Bus Trip To
The Kennedy Kruisers are off to
beautiful Tampa to explore the
wonders of the sea on Wednesday,
September 30. Bus trip participants are
asked to arrive by 7:45 a.m. prior to de-
parting at 8 a.m. The approximate return
time is 6:30 p.m. or before.
The Florida Aquarium is rated in the
top 10 best aquariums in the country.
Be prepared to be mesmerized by the
unusual creatures of the sea and the awe-
inspiring plant life that live in this under-
water paradise. There will be a multitude
of exhibits and touch tanks where you
can feel many amazing sea urchins. After
visiting the aquarium, get ready to set sail
on an incredible wild dolphin cruise.
The cost of this aqua adventure,
including a 75-minute wild dolphin
cruise, is $61 per member and $66 per
non-member. Lunch will be Dutch treat.
Preregistration is required.
Lake Kennedy Senior Center is lo-
cated at 400 Santa Barbara Boulevard
in Cape Coral. For more information,
Garden pond at the Edison Ford Winter Estates
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