Mikania scandens - Compositae, (Asteraceae), Composite or Sunflower Family
DESCRIPTION: Twining vine; somewhat succulent
Height: Climbing vine
Flowers: White, borne in clusters 2 inches wide and 1-1/2 inches long. Spring, summer and fall.
Fruit: Small, inconspicuous achene
Foliage: Delta-shaped to 3 inches long and 2 inches wide at the base.
Growth rate: Very fast
Sun: Full sun to full shade
Drainage: Moderate to waterlogged
Water: High water requirement for a native
Maintenance: Provide something for it to climb
NATIVE HABITAT: Rio Grande Delta in areas that stay moist for extended periods.
WILDLIFE USE: Provides food for caterpillars of the Tropical Green Hairstreak and the Anieta butterflies which are very rare strays to the Lower Rio
COMMENTS: Flowers all day long.