En EspaÑol
Menispermum canadense (Common moonseed) | NPIN
Share

NPIN: Native Plant Database

Search for native plants by scientific name, common name or family. If you are not sure what you are looking for, try the Combination Search or our Recommended Species lists.

Search native plant database:
Name:    
Family:    
See a list of all Plants





Menispermum canadense (Common moonseed)
Smith, R.W.

Menispermum canadense

Menispermum canadense L.

Common moonseed

Menispermaceae (Moonseed Family)

Synonym(s):

USDA Symbol: meca3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

A climbing vine with small, greenish-white flowers in small loose clusters in axils of large leaves; each leafstalk attached just inside leaf’s edge.

The poisonous fruit of this plant ripens in September and resembles whitish-powdered grapes. The fruit is highly toxic, may be fatal if eaten.

 

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Vine
Leaf Shape: Ovate , Reniform
Flower:
Fruit: Black
Size Class: 12-36 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Green , Brown
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul

Distribution

USA: AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , MA , MD , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , SC , SD , TN , TX , VA , VT , WI , WV
Canada: MB , ON , QC
Native Habitat: Woodland edges, thickets, and streambanks.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist

Benefit

Use Food: The fruit is highly toxic, may be fatal if eaten.
Warning: Plant poisonous. The fruit is highly toxic, may be fatal if eaten.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes

From the National Suppliers Directory

According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:

Toadshade Wildflower Farm - Frenchtown, NJ

Recommended Species Lists

Find native plant species by state. Each list contains commercially available species suitable for gardens and planned landscapes. Once you have selected a collection, you can browse the collection or search within it using the combination search.

View Recommended Species page

Additional resources

USDA: Find Menispermum canadense in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Menispermum canadense in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Menispermum canadense

Metadata

Record Modified: 2012-07-03
Research By: TWC Staff

Go back

E-NEWSLETTER | BECOME A MEMBER | DONATE NOW | MEDIA | SITEMAP
© 2014 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center