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Mikania scandens (Climbing Hempvine)

Climbing Hempvine, Climbing Hempweed, Climbing Boneset, Mikania angulosa, Mikania batatifolia, Mikania scandens var. pubescens, Willoughbya heterophylla


Mikania scandens (Climbing Hempvine) is a low-growing twining vine with deeply heart-shaped leaves arranged in pairs along the stems. They are adorned with 3-7 strong basal veins, giving them a palmate venation. Climbing Hempvine does not climb tall, but scrambles up and over fences, shrubs and low vegetation. In summer (all year around in mild winter areas), flat-topped clusters of small, white or pinkish, tubular flowers arise from the leaf axils. They attract a wide variety of pollinating insects, including butterflies, bees, flies and beetles. Vigorous, Climbing Hempvine forms dense mats over thickets of brush and small trees. It dies back to the ground in winter but comes back with the return of spring. It is a good choice for a butterfly garden and is recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations.

  • Grows up to 8-10 ft. long (240-300 cm). 
  • Thrives in alkaline to neutral, consistently moist to wet soils in sun or partial shade. It can withstand some water-logging.
  • No serious insect or disease problems.
  • Propagate by seed.
  • Native to the eastern and central United States, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.

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Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 12
Plant Type Climbers
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 8' – 10' (240cm – 3m)
Water Needs Average, High
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Moisture Retentive
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Southwest, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Wet Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Walls and Fences
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 12
Plant Type Climbers
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 8' – 10' (240cm – 3m)
Water Needs Average, High
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Moisture Retentive
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Southwest, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Wet Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Walls and Fences
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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