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

Menispermum canadense

Common moonseed

Menispermaceae (Moonseed Family)

USDA Symbol: meca3

USDA Native Status:

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
Fruit: Black
Size Class: 12-36 ft.

Bloom Information

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


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


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

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Menispermum canadense in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Menispermum canadense in the Flora of North America (if available)
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Record Modified: 2012-07-03
Research By: TWC Staff

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