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MA to NY, south to FL; west to TX, OH, IA, and NE.
Perennial, woody, twining vine. Leaves to 3" long, opposite, perfoliate, oblong, deep green above, pale beneath. Flowers to 2" long, in whorled clusters at ends of stems; corolla 5-lobed, brilliant red; stamens 5, yellow. Fruit a juicy red berry; seeds black.
Flowers April into August.
Wetland indicator: Facultative upland, facultative
Evergreen in the southern portion of it's range. Popular garden plant that attracts hummingbirds.
Niering, W. A. 1979. The Audubon society field guide to North American
wildflowers: eastern region.
Knopf/Random House, New York.
Michael Hough © 2005