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Mikania scandens (Climbing hempvine)
Lewis, A. D.

Mikania scandens

Mikania scandens (L.) Willd.

Climbing hempvine, Climbing hempweed

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

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 Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Vine
Size Notes: Climber
Leaf: Green
Fruit: Blue

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug


USA: 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.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Shade
Soil Moisture: Wet
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
Soil Description: Clay, Loam


Conspicuous 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:

Crosby Arboretum - Picayune, MS
Nueces River Authority - Uvalde, TX

Herbarium Specimen(s)

NPSOT 0965 Collected Oct 5, 1994 in Bexar County by Harry Cliffe

Wildflower Center Seed Bank

LBJWC-MM-792 Collected 2010-07-02 in Hays County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center


Bibref 328 - Wildflowers of Texas (2003) Ajilvsgi, Geyata.

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Additional resources

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


Record Last Modified: 2014-04-10
Research By: TWC Staff

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