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Lewis, A. D.
Mikania scandens (L.) Willd.
Climbing hempvine, Climbing hempweed
USDA Symbol: MISC
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
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
AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IL , IN , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MO , MS , NC , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , TN , TX , VA Native Distribution:
Southern Ontario; New England south to Florida; west to Texas. Native Habitat:
Stream banks, moist thickets, swamps. USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(I)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Shade
Soil Moisture: Wet
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
Soil Description: Clay, Loam
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
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
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Record Modified: 2010-04-17
Research By: TWC Staff