Cardinal climber brings the butterflies and hummingbirds with its tubular red flowers that bloom from spring through frost. The fern-like leaves resemble mini palm leaves as it twists and climbs nearly anything in their path. Learn how to grow Cardinal climber vine and add some to your garden today.
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Cardinal Climber (Ipomoea x multifida)
The Cardinal climber vine is a member of the morning glory family, which accounts for its vigorous climbing habits. Provide support for the twining stems and then stand back and watch it grow.
This is what Cardinal climber vine seeds look like.
Cardinal climber vine growing on a trellis.
This is what Cardinal climber vine flowers look like.
How to grow Cardinal climber
Cardinal climber vine planting information:
Choose a location with full sun to partial sun. Cardinal climber vine tolerates poor or average soil. Overly rich soil results in lush foliage but fewer blooms. Often grown as a cool-season annual vine in zones 2-11.
Nick the seedcoat and direct sow after danger of frost have passed. Keep seeds moist until they germinate.
Blooms: Spring through frost in most areas
Size and spacing details for Cardinal climber vine:
Plant 1-2 seeds every 6-12 inches (15-30 cm).
Grows 8-10 feet (2.5-3m) tall and 1-2 feet (60-90cm) wide.
Cardinal climber vine growing tips:
No fertilizer or deadheading is needed. Flowers develop into seeds (poisonous), but seeds from seedlings are often inferior, don’t replant. The vine is useful for decorating fences, arbors, or mailboxes.
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