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Mikania scandens (Climbing hempvine)
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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 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.


From the Image Gallery

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Vine
Size Notes: Stems twining, up to about 50 feet long.
Leaf: Green
Fruit: Blue. Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec


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 on display at the following locations:

Crosby Arboretum - Picayune, MS
Nueces River Authority - Uvalde, TX
NPSOT - Williamson County Chapter - Georgetown, TX

Herbarium Specimen(s)

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

1 specimen(s) available in the Digital Herbarium

Wildflower Center Seed Bank

LBJWC-MM-792 Collected 2006-10-30 in Hays County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

1 collection(s) available in the Wildflower Center Seed Bank


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

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Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.

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 Modified: 2022-12-30
Research By: TWC Staff

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