Common Moonseed, Yellow Parilla

Menispermum canadense

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


Vines and Climbers

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

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

Where to Grow:

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12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)


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:

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

Rockford, Illinois

Louisville, Kentucky

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Helena, Montana

Frenchtown, New Jersey

Blossvale, New York

Corning, Ohio

Erwinna, Pennsylvania

West Chester, Pennsylvania

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 23, 2016, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

I've seen it once in awhile in or around the woods in southeast PA. Nice looking foliage. It can be a groundcover or climbing vine. It is fast growing of about 6 to 10 feet/year, but usually does not get over 12 feet long. Its stems are not greatly woody and are relatively slender. It gets its name of Moonseed from the seeds being shaped like a crescent moon. It can grow in both well-drained or draining wet soils with a pH range of 5 to 7.5. Birds and some mammals eat up the bluish-black globular berries in September to December that have a high wildlife value for them, though they are poisonous to humans, sort of like dogwood fruits. Its native range is from western New England and a little of Canada above that, to eastern North Dakota down to northeast Texas and various spots in the Sout... read more


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.


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!