Menispermum canadense

Common name: Moonseed

Native plant

 It is found most often on the banks of rivers and in rich woods with light over-story or beneath oaks. However, it does seem to need a little sun to bloom regularly. The flowers are small, white, and delicate, hanging from underneath the plants foliage. Birds (Thrushes mostly) do feed on the fruit in the fall, but people should NOT.  They are mildly toxic. Can be used in gardens and disturbed areas as a ground cover. The the large slightly cupped leaves are the main interest for this plant. Moonseed’s common name comes from its crescent moon shaped seed.


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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry), Moist Mesic

Light exposure

Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period

Late Spring

Urban environment

Road-side/Salt Tolerant, Yards that Flood


Floodplain, Moist Woods, Savannas, Woodlands

Growth form


Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color



Mature height
10 Feet
Mature width
5 Feet
Max height
20 Feet
Max width
7 Feet

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