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Trumpet Vine can Herald Rash

Trumpet Vine can cause itch--look but don't touch!The trumpet vine can be lovely to look at but cause an itch when touched.

The trumpet vine is beloved by hummingbirds and beautiful when in full bloom.

However the plant, Campsis radicans, can quickly become invasive, and most experienced gardeners will recommend against planting it in your yard (the vine can fairly quickly smother  trees, fences or your garage).

Campsis radicans, trumpet vine, cow-itch vine
The trumpet vine has a less attractive name : Cow Itch Vine, due to it’s ability to cause a rash and itch when the vine comes in contact with skin. 

The trumpet vine can be confused with poison ivy and can be found in similar environments or simultaneously.  It’s best to avoid both and to wash skin and clothes quickly after accidental exposure.

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