En EspaŅol

Q. Who is Mr. Smarty Plants?

A: There are those who suspect Wildflower Center volunteers are the culpable and capable culprits. Yet, others think staff members play some, albeit small, role. You can torture us with your plant questions, but we will never reveal the Green Guru's secret identity.

Help us grow by giving to the Plant Database Fund or by becoming a member

Did you know you can access the Native Plant Information Network with your web-enabled smartphone?

Share

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants is a free service provided by the staff and volunteers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Search Smarty Plants
    
 
See a list of all Smarty Plants questions
Can't find the answer in our existing FAQs, submit a question to Mr. Smarty Plants.
Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.
 
rate this answer
Not Yet Rated

Sunday - May 16, 2010

From: College Station, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Vines
Title: Identification of heartleaf vine
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

Howdy! I had a plant that I would like to replace but I don't know what it is, I was hoping you could help. It was a climbing vine with large (>6") heart-shaped leaves. The underside of the leaves were fuzzy and there were no flowers. I'm pretty sure it was a perennial. It was in full sun and was very fast growing and got to over 5 feet. Thanks so much!!

ANSWER:

There is a good chance that your vine is not native to North America and North American native plants are what we are all about here at the Wildflower Center.  If it is a North American native, you might be able to find it in our Native Plant Database by doing a COMBINATION SEARCH and choosing Texas from the Select State or Province box and then selecting 'Vine' fron the Habit (general appearce) area.

Here are some candidates from the list:

Ampelopsis cordata (heartleaf peppervine) and here is more information.

Aristolochia tomentosa (woolly dutchman's pipe)

Matelea reticulata (netted milkvine)

Matelea edwardsensis (plateau milkvine)

Matelea gonocarpos (angularfruit milkvine)

Mikania scandens (climbing hempvine)

Polygonum scandens (climbing false buckwheat)

Vitis cinerea var. helleri (Heller's grape)

If it is not a native vine, then I'm afraid we can't be of much help to find it.


Ampelopsis cordata

Aristolochia tomentosa

Matelea reticulata

Matelea edwardsensis

Matelea gonocarpos

Mikania scandens

Polygonum scandens

Vitis cinerea var. helleri

 

 

More Vines Questions

Low Ground Cover for Steep, Shaded PA Site
February 17, 2014 - I am located in Downingtown, PA, right on the border between Zone 6 and 7. Please provide a recommendation of a native ground cover for the following conditions: steep slope (greater than 45%), full s...
view the full question and answer

Fast-growing vine for cinder block wall in Albuquerque
July 26, 2010 - I live in Albuquerque, N.M. and have a cement/cinder block wall and was wondering if there is a vine I can plant which will be easy to grow, grow fast and cover my wall without any type of help like a...
view the full question and answer

Growing non-native Cabernet Sauvignon vines in Central Texas
July 01, 2013 - Hi. I recently moved into a remodeled home in Taylor, TX, and have experimented with Cabernet Savignon vines before. I have a 1/2 acre and a chain-link fence I want to put vines on. (I have a book o...
view the full question and answer

What to do about mildew on Trumpet Vine?
November 25, 2009 - My Trumpet Vine tends to get mildew on its leaves. Any suggestions? Thanks so much.
view the full question and answer

Identification of vine with white flower and \
May 02, 2008 - I have a vine intruding from my neighbors yard that has small white blooms on them (similar to morning glories) and on the stem of the flower below the bloom, a "tiny watermelon" is growing..... It ...
view the full question and answer

Smarty Plants's Facebook profile Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.

Mr. Smarty Plants wants you to be his Facebook friend. Click the Facebook icon to add yourself to Mr. Smarty Plants list of friends.
E-NEWSLETTER | BECOME A MEMBER | DONATE NOW | MEDIA | SITEMAP
© 2014 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center