Menispermum canadense

Common name: Moonseed

Native plant

Moonseed’s name comes directly from its crescent moon shaped seed. We find it most often on the banks of rivers and in rich woods with light over-story or beneath oaks. The flowers are small, white, and delicate, hanging from underneath the plants foliage. However, it does seem to need a little sun to bloom regularly. Birds (Thrushes mostly) do feed on the fruit in the fall, but people should NOT.  They are mildly toxic. We have also seen it in gardens and disturbed areas acting as a ground cover. The leaves are the main interest for this plant, being that they are large and slightly cupped.  We have a couple outside our office, and they draw comments often. A ground cover or a vine, this plant is a soft touch in the garden.


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Price Level: 
Perennial- Standard
Sizing Options: 
Flat of 18 (pints)
1 Gallon


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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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