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Funastrum cynanchoides (Decne.) Schltr.
Fringed twinevine, Climbing milkweed vine, Twine-vine
USDA Symbol: FUCY
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
A smooth vine with umbels of pale white, star-like flowers and long twining stems often clambering over tops of bushes; sap milky.
There are several similar species in the Southwest, all hairy or downy and with foliage that smells somewhat like hot rubber.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Vine Size Notes:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug
, UT Native Distribution:
Southern California east through southern Utah to Oklahoma and Texas, and south to Mexico. Native Habitat:
Chaparral & brush country, Open woodlands
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Limestone-based, Caliche type, Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Clay Loam, Clay
BenefitUse Ornamental: Attractive, Blooms ornamental, Twines on fences & other plants
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Larval Host: Milkweed, Monarch, Queen butterfly.
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)
is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
National Butterfly Center
- Mission, TX
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-1310
Collected 2013-10-26 in Starr County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Record Last Modified: 2010-04-17
Research By: TWC Staff