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PlantFiles: Common Moonseed, Yellow Parilla
Menispermum canadense

Family: Menispermaceae
Genus: Menispermum (men-ee-SPER-mum) (Info)
Species: canadense (ka-na-DEN-see) (Info)

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9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer


Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Malus2006 On Oct 15, 2008, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

Seem to grow well even in shade - from my observation, in Minnesota this species is strongly connected to river valleys - they seem to be not found anywhere else. So far I have seen this species in Mississippi River Valley in the south east part of the state and the St. Croix River valley along with one site on the Mississippi north of the suburbs. Frequent planted at the Minnesota Arboretum. In my opinion this species have less interest than other vine species, thus less people buys them and plant them and reports on it. Only wild grapes looks similiar to this species but can be told by the underside.

Neutral mystic On Sep 2, 2001, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

This woody,deciduous,twining vine reaches a length of from 8 to 15 feet,the round,slender stem has broad slender-stalked leaves which are from 4 to 8 inches wide,roundish in shape,resembling the leaves of some of the maples and often mistaken for wild grapes.In July the loose clusters of small,yellowish or greenish-white flowers are produced, followed in September by bunches of bluish-black 1-seeded fruit,covered with a bloom and very much resembling grapes.All parts of this vine are HIGHLY TOXIC,MAY BE FATAL IF EATEN!


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Louisville, Kentucky
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Helena, Montana
Frenchtown, New Jersey
Blossvale, New York
Corning, Ohio
Erwinna, Pennsylvania

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