Category Archives: Vines

Vines that are native to Arkansas

Know Your Natives – Net-leaf Leather-flower

Net-leaf leather-flower (Clematis reticulata*) of the Buttercup (Ranunculaceae) family is a perennial herbaceous vine found in portions of the Southeastern U.S from eastern Texas and Oklahoma to South Carolina and Florida.  In Arkansas, the species is recorded from north-central and southwestern parts … Continue reading

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Know Your Natives – Wild Potato Vine

Wild potato vine (Ipomoea pandurata) of the Morning Glory (Convolvulaceae) family is a herbaceous (non-woody) perennial vine.  It occurs in the US from Texas to Nebraska and eastward and southward to the borders.  In Arkansas, it occurs statewide.  Other common … Continue reading

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Native Plant Portrait – Climbing-dogbane

Blooming now! The climbing-dogbane vine (Trachelospermum difforme) can easily be mistaken for Carolina jasmine (Gelsemium sempervirens) when out of bloom. The opposite leaves on climbing-dogbane are similar, but slightly broader and not as thick, and have milky sap when compared … Continue reading

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Know Your Natives – Carolina Moonseed

Carolina Moonseed (Cocculus carolinus) of the Menispermaceae (Moonseed Family) occurs in the U.S. in the mid-western and southern states.  This semi-woody, scrambling or climbing vine occurs throughout Arkansas in shady to partly sunny woods and thickets and along streams and … Continue reading

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Know Your Natives  – Baldwin’s Climbing Milkweed and Anglepod Milkvine

Baldwin’s climbing milkweed (Matelea baldwyniana) and Anglepod milkvine (Matelea gonocarpos or Gonolobus suberosus depending on which authorities are followed) of the Apocynaceae (Dogbane) Family, formerly of the Asclepiadaceae (Milkweed) Family, are herbaceous, perennial, trailing to climbing vines. These vines grow in various rocky, well-drained … Continue reading

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Know Your Natives – Yellow Passionflower

Yellow passionflower (Passiflora lutea) of the Passifloraceae (Passionflower) Family is found in the US from Texas to Kansas to Illinois and eastward to the coast.  In Arkansas, it is found throughout the state.  Yellow passionflower is more delicate in appearance … Continue reading

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Know Your Natives – Purple Passionflower

Purple passionflower or maypop(s) (Passiflora incarnata) of the Passifloraceae (Passionflower) family is found in the US from Kansas to Illinois to Pennsylvania, south to Texas and Florida.  In Arkansas, it occurs statewide.  Purple passionflower, a herbaceous (non-woody) perennial vine, grows … Continue reading

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Know Your Natives – Wild Yam

Wild Yam (Dioscorea villosa) of the  Dioscoreaceae  (Yam Family), occurs from Texas to Nebraska to Minnesota and states eastward to the Atlantic Coast.  In Arkansas, wild yam occurs statewide.   The plant, a monocot (one seed leaf), is a twining vine … Continue reading

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Know Your Natives – “Leaves of three, let it be”…usually

We have all heard the advice, “Leaves of three, let it be”.  Two native Arkansas plants, poison-ivy and poison-oak, have three leaflets per leaf and contain urushiol, an oily allergen.  Following direct or indirect contact, many people experience allergic reactions (contact … Continue reading

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