Cocculus carolinus (L.) DC.

Carolina Moonseed, Carolina Coralbead

Family: Moraceae

Genus: Coccinia

Category: Vine - Deciduous

Zones: 5 to 9

Size: To 14' tall, spreads to 6'

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Twining stems. Variable leaf shape, to 4" long, green-white flowers in summer followed by red berries.


Native to eastern and central US.

Published in Syst. Nat. (Candolle) 1: 524 in 1817.

Basionym Menispermum carolinum L.

Synonym Cissampelos smilacina L. - Lectotype = "Smilax (forte) lenis, folio anguloso hederaceo" in Catesby, Nat. Hist. Carolina 1: 51, t. 51, 1730.


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