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Cardinal climber

Ipomoea × multifida

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Cardinal climber is a twining annual with deeply lobed mid-green leaves and 1-inch crimson blooms with white throats appearing in summer.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsSeeds are highly toxic if ingested. Flowers are attractive to hummingbirds.

CareGrow in moderately fertile, well-drained soil. Provide support or use as a groundcover. Chip seeds or soak for 24 hours before sowing. Shelter from cold, drying winds.

PropagationSow seed in spring.

ProblemsWhite blister, rust, fungal leaf spots, stem rot, thread blight, charcoal rot, and wilt.

  • Genus : Ipomoea
  • Plant Height : 3 to 6 feet
  • Plant Type : Annuals
  • Characteristics : Attracts Hummingbirds
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Uses : Ground Covers
  • Flower Color : Red
  • Bloom Time : Summer
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest

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