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Cissus trifoliata

Family: Vitaceae (vee-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cissus (KISS-us) (Info)
Species: trifoliata (try-foh-lee-AY-tuh) (Info)

Synonym:Cissus incisa
Synonym:Sicyos trifoliatus

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Vines and Climbers

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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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)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

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Bloom Color:
Pale Green

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
This plant is resistant to deer
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
By simple layering

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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No positives
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative gghideout On Nov 2, 2009, gghideout from Weatherford, TX wrote:

This weedy, smelly, invasive vine has chained, tubers, impossible to get rid of after three years of gardening here in Weatherford, Texas by pulling them up and digging. Our local area folks call this cow itch vine. I hate it and am slowly digging up the tubers and throwing them in the garbage after letting them bake in the Texas sun.

Someone mentioned a moth that was feeding on it. How could I get that Moth to North Texas?

Neutral TexasPuddyPrint On May 25, 2008, TexasPuddyPrint from Edinburg, TX wrote:

See this vine around the ranch in Starr County (deep south tip of Texas) climbing up mesquite trees and on some of the fence lines but when I spotted a Wilson's Wood-nymph Moth (Xerociris wilsonii) caterpillar eating it I just had to bring the caterpillar in to raise and of course, I had to take cuttings of this vine. WHOA!!! This vine stinks!!! Wooo doggie! What a horrible stench!!! UGH!!!

Oh well, am giving it a neutral rating as it at least it serves the useful purpose of being a larval host plant for an unusual looking moth.

~ Cat


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

Mesa, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Tolleson, Arizona
Morrilton, Arkansas
Austin, Texas
De Leon, Texas
Liberty Hill, Texas
San Antonio, Texas (2 reports)
San Isidro, Texas

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