Native to the Southeastern U.S., the hummingbird vine has spread throughout the country and even further north, into Ontario. This vigorous plant grows extremely well in agricultural zones 4-9, which includes the vast majority of the United States. The vine also grows in almost any soil type, including clay soil, and it can tolerate drought. It can even tolerate deer feeding upon it, so it does well in forests and naturally woody areas. The hummingbird vine uses suckers to spread underground. It also climbs up, latching onto fences, telephone poles, arbors and trees. The vine can grow to between 20 and 30 feet, but without something to climb, it will grow to look like a tall shrub.
Hummingbird vines are used widely in landscaping for their beautiful flowers and the interested hummingbirds. However, they must be trimmed in the spring and in fall to have dead, damaged, and diseased limbs removed. Live branches should also be trimmed to prevent them from growing out of control. When the flowers aren't in bloom, seed pods appear. As these mature, they crack and release hundreds of seeds. Preventing dozens of vines from growing is accomplished by removing and destroying the pods before they crack.