Love Vine, Devil's Gut, Dodder

Cassytha filiformis

Family: Lauraceae (law-RAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cassytha (kas-SITH-ee-a) (Info)
Species: filiformis (fil-ih-FOR-miss) (Info)



Vines and Climbers

Parasites and Hemiparasites

Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

over 40 ft. (12 m)


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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


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Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Blooms all year


Grown for foliage


Good Fall Color

Provides winter interest

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

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Seed Collecting:

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

Boca Raton, Florida

Fountain, Florida

Naples, Florida

Oldsmar, Florida

Preston, Maryland

Valley Lee, Maryland

Lenoir, North Carolina

Conway, South Carolina

Madison, Tennessee

Delafield, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 26, 2017, olgeezer from Preston, MD wrote:

Dodder is EXTREMELY vulnerable to glyphosate (Round-Up). So sensitive that a solution weak enough to not kill the host plant will eradicate the Dodder. If you use unmixed Round-up, use 1/4 the dose per gallon recommended on the label. If you use the premixed Round Up, dilute it by 75%. Test spray a small area to make sure your concentration is not too strong. Wait 4 days to see the results before spraying the entire Dodder vine. If the host plant shows signs of damage, weaken the concentration further.


On Oct 6, 2010, Wildcats from Benton, KY wrote:

The love vine is choking our mums and to get rid of it, we've had to cut the mums down to the ground; is there any other way to get rid of the love vine without such drastic measures?


On Sep 2, 2010, bluebutterfly12 from Lenoir, NC wrote:

I have not seen this plant in years. All of a sudden it appeared on my creeping flocks or what we used to call our thrift plant that grows year round here in North Carolina. I want to know how to rid of this Love vine... It smothers out the plants and i try to get rid of it but without success .... If anyone knows what to do about it without killing my creeping flocks please let me know... Thank you


On Aug 7, 2010, KoshNaranek from Madison, TN wrote:

I have seen this plant for two years in a row. It is in a bottom pasture(now a Greenway park) along the Cumberland River in Nashville. It has spread over about a 1000 sqft area of the field.


On May 18, 2008, Dutchlady1 from Naples, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

strangling invasive vine.


On Feb 2, 2006, raisedbedbob from Walkerton, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

Annual parasitic plant having no leaves or green parts

Also called strangleweed for the thread-like yellow to orange twining stems that coil around and attach to host plants with wart-like suckers

A particular concern in vegetable and forage crops and ornamentals

Can produce over 16,000 seeds per plant that can remain viable for over 60 years


On Sep 11, 2004, NativePlantFan9 from Boca Raton, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

Love Vine, Devil's Gut or Dodder is native to the dry Florida Scrub, hammocks and sometimes pine flatwoods (found mostly in the very dry scrub) of coastal and interior central and southern Florida, southward through the Keys. It is a vine that climbs over low shrubs and trees, draping over them and covering them with hair-like, yellow strands. I have seen them in parks many times and I really like the way they drape over plants, seeming to cover them with an orange-yellowish, draping, smothering and gently covering curtain. For this reason it is often called Witch's Hair. I would recommend this plant immeadiately for people who like a draping, curtain-like vine, but I don't recommend thisn plant to those who don't like possibly fast-growing, invasive and spreading plants like this one. Per... read more