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PlantFiles: Strangler vine, Latex Plant
Morrenia odorata

Family: Asclepiadaceae (ass-kle-pee-ad-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Morrenia (mor-REN-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: odorata (oh-dor-AY-tuh) (Info)

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11 members have or want this plant for trade.

Vines and Climbers

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)
over 40 ft. (12 m)

Unknown - Tell us

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)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Pale Green

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


Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Tefoe On Dec 26, 2009, Tefoe from Lakeland, FL wrote:

A very nice plant!
It definitely does not deserve the bad reputation that it has...
Witch it only has, mind you, because it likes to grow over citrus trees here in Florida!

Not only dose it make a beautiful cover plant, I get tons of fruit off my largest vine!
Yes! You can eat it!! Didn't know that did you?!

You can eat the young seed pods, before the coma(sp?) fully develops. Just boil or bake them for 30 minutes, its very high in vitamin C! It taste like a very mild squash...
You can also eat the young stems and leafs raw, but in very small amounts because of the latex, or cooked......

Positive shutterbug87 On Sep 15, 2009, shutterbug87 from Mcdonough, GA wrote:

Have this vine in a pot and bring it in during the winter. Last year it was sitting under a tree all summer and the vine grew almost to the top of the tree, but no flowers. This year placed it in full sun and it has been covered in sweet smelling flowers all summer! Very vigorous grower so can see why it is considered invasive, but in a pot, it is great! Note, be sure to put a large trellis in or near the pot as it grows very quickly.

Neutral donlaclair On Nov 24, 2007, donlaclair from New Port Richey, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

This one is very invasive here.It's flower clusters are very sweet smelling and a plus for having at least one potted vine of it.Also the monarch cats will eat it's leaves when all else is gone for them. The name strangler vine is very accurite.


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

Brooksville, Florida
Debary, Florida
Eustis, Florida
Lakeland, Florida (2 reports)
New Port Richey, Florida
Panama City Beach, Florida

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