Moonseed (Menispermum canadense), packet of 20 seeds


Family:  Moonseed (Menispermaceae)

Hardy to zones 5 to 8

Herbaceous perennial dioecious vine growing to a height of 20 feet or more, flowering white, giving way to clusters of blue-black fruits.  The seeds are flattened crescents that resemble, with a little imagination, the form of a crescent moon.  The fruits are valuable as food for wildlife but are inedible to humans.  The leaves overlap like the scales of a dragon.  The vine can be trained up the shadehouse to provide seasonal shade and humidity.  A handsome climber!  Traditional use (TNAM): A salve made of the roots was used externally in treatment of maladies of the skin.  A tea of the root was considered a bitter tonic.  Not much used in modern herbalism.   The vine prefers to grow in the forest understory, although it will withstand full sun if the soil is moist.   Rich, slightly acidic soils are preferred.  Trellis or grow on trees or structures.  Seeds withstand dry storage.  Plant in fall for germination in the spring, or give 30 days cold, moist refrigeration, then sow warm.  Artificial cold stratification is not critical–seeds sown in a cold greenhouse in the fall will germinate within 60 days.  Space plants 3 feet apart.  Grow several plants in order to assure both males and females.

20 seeds per packet, open pollinated, untreated, NO GMO’s

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