Anredera scandens and A. leptostachys - Basellaceae, Madeira Vine Family
DESCRIPTION: Twining vine; shiny, medium to dark green, succulent leaves and showy red fleshy stems, from thick underground tubers.
Height: Climbing vine
Flowers: Small, white to cream colored, fragrant. Flower clusters are elongated in A. leptostachys and compact in A. scandens. A. leptostachys blooms in the fall, and A. scandens blooms summer through winter.
Fruit: Small, whitish winged seed.
Growth rate: Fast
Sun: Partial shade to full sun
Drainage: Good to low. Does well on dry sites
Water: Low, drought tolerant
Maintenance: Little needed
Propagation: Seed, cuttings, dividing tubers
NATIVE HABITAT: Brush - grassland in Cameron, Hidalgo and Starr Counties.
WILDLIFE USE: Dense foliage provides shelter for small animals. Blooms provide
nectar and pollen.
COMMENTS: An attractive ornamental that quickly covers a fence or trellis.