Plant Features: Rattan Vine

Rattan vine (Berchemia scandens) is a species of climbing plant in the buckthorn family Rhamnaceae. It is not related to the Asian rattan palms. Rattan vine grows in the central and southern parts of the United States. The strong, supple stem of the plant, which can be up to 15 cm in diameter, is often … Read more

Plant Features: Poison Ivy

Poison ivy (Toxicodendron radicans) is a plant in the family Anacardiaceae. The name is sometimes spelled “Poison-ivy” to indicate with the hyphen that the plant is not a true Ivy or Hedera. It is a woody vine that is well known for its ability to produce a skin irritant that causes an itching rash for most … Read more

Plant Features: Passion Flower

Passion flower (Passiflora; syn. Disemma Labill.) is a genus of about 500 species of flowering plants in the family Passifloraceae. They are mostly vines, with some being shrubs, and a few species being herbaceous.! Most decorative passifloras have a unique flower structure, which requires a large bee to effectively pollinate. In the American tropics, wooden … Read more

Plant Features: Kudzu

Kudzu is a vine native to Japan and China. It has unfortunately been established in the Southeast. Kudzu when left uncontrolled will eventually take over and cover and then choke out native vegetation, including trees. Where present Kudzu contains good protien for deer but is still viewed with as an invasive plant and its spread should … Read more

Plant Features: Muscadine

Muscadines (Vitis rotundifolia) are a grapevine species native to the present-day southeastern United States that has been extensively cultivated since the 16th Century. Its recognized range in the United States extends from Delaware south to Florida, and west to Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas. They are well adapted to their native warm and humid … Read more

Plant Features: Morning Glory

Morning glory is a common name for over 1,000 species of flowering plants in the family the Convolvulaceae, belonging to the following genera: Calystegia Convolvulus Ipomoea Merremia Rivea Flowers could be almost any color depending on the species. As the name implies, morning glory flowers, which are funnel-shaped, open in the morning, allowing them to be … Read more

Plant Features: Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle is a twining or trailing woody vine, evergreen or late deciduous with smooth opposite leaves, 1 to 3 inches long. The flowers are tube-shaped, about 2″ long, white or bright yellow on the outside. The fruits are orange red berries, about a quarter inch in diameter. Honeysuckle is used by ruby-throated hummingbirds and butterflies … Read more

Plant Features: Greenbrier

Greenbrier is a thorny evergreen vine that grows in thickets, along roadsides and in woods. Greenbrier is the common name for a number of individual species of vine. All Greenbrier vines are good for wildlife. The black fruit is a good source of food for many species of birds and matures in September to November. … Read more

Plant Features: Dodder Vine

Dodder (Cuscuta Sp.) is a parasitic plant that doesn’t make its own food like most other plants. It steals all its food from other plants through suckers that grow into the other plants bark. The vine has no roots, no leaves, no chlorophyll!!! Dodder is called strangleweed, love vine, angel’s hair and witches shoelaces and … Read more

Plant Features: Cross Vine

Crossvine “Bignonia capreolata” – the leaves are opposite, compound with only two leaflets, evergreen to late deciduouos, ovate to lanleolate, margins smooth, 3 to 5 inches long, rachis ends with a branched tendril, dark green in summer, bronze red in winter. The flowers are attractive, tube like, flaring and spreading at the ends, 2 inches … Read more