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Menispermum canadense

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Common Name: Common Moonseed, Canada Moonseed

Part to full shade; medium moisture level; prefers rich soil but tolerates rocky, sandy or gravelly loams, heavy silts, silty clay loams, and stiff clays; moderately acid to circumneutral pH.

6-12 feet height; blooms June and July; greenish white to yellow flowers; fruit is a blue-black berry.

Growth Rate:  Fast.  Suckers.

Maintenance:  Infrequent disease and insect problems.  Stems are soft and easily broken.

Propagation:  Easily propagated by division

Native Region:  Statewide

Very adaptable vine with slender stems that need support.  Leaves are quite large (4-10”) which makes for an effective screen.  Both male and female plants must be grown if seed is required; the plant is not self-fertile.  Although the berries are quickly devoured by birds, they are poisonous to man.

Common Moonseed, Canada Moonseed - Menispermum canadense 4
Photo Courtesy of Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center http://www.wildflower.org/
Common Moonseed, Canada Moonseed - Menispermum canadense 3
Photo Courtesy of Southeastern Flora http://www.southeasternflora.com/
Common Moonseed, Canada Moonseed - Menispermum canadense 2
Photo Courtesy of John Hilty http://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/