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Cocculus carolinus

Coralbeads, Carolina Moonseed, Snailseed, Red Moonseed

Scientific Name:

Cocculus carolinus

Genus:

Cocculus

Species Epithet:

carolinus

Common Name:

Coralbeads, Carolina Moonseed, Snailseed, Red Moonseed

Plant Type

Woody Vine

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Menispermaceae (Moonseed Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

6-12 ft., 12-36 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Green

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

June, July, August

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Moist to dry forests and thickets, especially where calcareous, also weedy in landscaping. Uncommon in NC mountains, common in southern piedmont and coastal plain. Scarce in the sandhills.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Semi-evergreen

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

State Rank:

S3: Vulnerable (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

Notes:

The flowers are inconspicuous but the red fruits are very showy (but toxic to people). Dioecious.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

https://auth1.dpr.ncparks.gov/flora/plant_list.php

https://nc.audubon.org/700

https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/cocculus-carolinus/



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