Mikania scandens - Climbing hemp weed
Over four hundred species of Mikania are native to warm regions around the world. This species
is native to the United States,
Mexico, Central America and
the Caribbean. It is a low-growing vine that
scrambles over vegetation in sunny, moist sites. The slender stems twine around
supports. Its leaves are irregularly heart-shaped and arranged in pairs along
the stem. Small white flowers are held in rounded clusters. It dies back to the
ground in winter. This plant is recorded as a component in traditional native
American snakebite treatments.
See this plant in moist, sunny natural areas of campus.
Herbaceous perennial vine to about eight to ten feet tall.
Light: full sun
Water: moist soil
Soil: adaptable to a wide pH range
This native vine is not available in local nurseries. It is not as ornamental as commercially available vines. It does not climb tall but scrambles over low vegetation. Probably, it is viewed as a weed in most yards and gardens. However, it is appropriate for a natural garden and its flowers attract a wide variety of pollinating insects.