“Biological diversity is the key to the maintenance of the world as we know it.”
~ E.O. Wilson, Biodiversity
Abundant clusters of fragrant creamy white flowers in August and September give way to lots of silky seed heads. Seed heads are only produced on female plants. The foliage is bright green. Plants climb by twisting leaf-stalks around objects. Vines are semi-woody. Showy seedheads on females.
Wetland, Stream Edge
Grow in sun or part shade in average to moist soil. Blooms on new growth. May be pruned back hard (8-12 in. from the ground) to strong leaf buds in fall after flowering or in late winter to early spring. Needs adequate supply of nutrients during the growing season to support rush of growth. Mow around plants to prevent them from spreading by seeds and suckers.
Plant near trellis work where the leaf stalks can easily wrap around the support or allow it to scramble along the ground in a woodland setting.
12 to 20 feet
Medium Sun/Average Shade
Season of Interest
Late (July - frost)
Butterfly / Moth Nectar
Ornamental Fruits/Pods/Seed Heads