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Lewis, A. D.
Mikania scandens (L.) Willd.
Climbing hempvine, Climbing hempweed
Synonym(s): Mikania angulosa, Mikania batatifolia, Mikania scandens var. pubescens, Willoughbya heterophylla
USDA Symbol: MISC
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (I)
Twining vine with flat-topped clusters of white or pinkish flower heads rising from the leaf axils.
This species forms a sizable growth over other plants in moist woods and thickets. Its flower resembles that of Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum). Two similar Hemp Vines (M. batatifolia; M. cordifolia) are found in Florida.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Vine Size Notes:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug
, VA Native Distribution:
Southern Ontario; New England south to Florida; west to Texas. Native Habitat:
Stream banks, moist thickets, swamps.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Shade
Soil Moisture: Wet
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
Soil Description: Clay, Loam
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
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:
- Picayune, MSNueces River Authority
- Uvalde, TX
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0965
Collected Oct 5, 1994 in Bexar County by Harry Cliffe
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-MM-792
Collected 2010-07-02 in Hays County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Record Last Modified: 2014-04-10
Research By: TWC Staff