Climbing Hempvine

Mikania scandensimage of Mikania scandns or climbing hempvine

Family:
Asteraceae

Lifecycle:
Perennial

Native or Introduced:
Native

Nutrient Removal Rating:
Low

image of Mikania scandns or climbing hempvineWildlife Value:
Medium

Invasiveness:
Medium

Rooted or Floating:
Rooted

Site Requirements:
Full sun to part shade

Maximum Water Depth:
3 inches

Plant Description:
Climbing hempvine is a perennial vine that climbs by twining upward in a clockwise manner.  Stems measure 9 feet or more in length at maturity and are slightly 4-angled. Leaves are hairy and triangular in shape , petioles range from 1 to 4 inches in length.

Large flat headed flower clusters are produced atop tall shoots.  Flowers are white to pink in color and are produced from July through October.  The flower clusters remain until early winter.

Climbing hempvine is found in marshes, bogs, and other wet habitats.

Sources:

  • Flora of North America (see link below)
  • Radford, A.E., H.E. Ahles, and C.R. Bell. 1968. Manual of the Vascual Flora of the Carolinas. The University of North Carolina Press.

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