Wild climbing hydrangea from Kenneth, South Carolina

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This vine is in the tree in back of my house in Lyman South Carolina. It has white flowers (blamed in May). It is in shad and near as brook.

Hi Kenneth,

this is a nice native vine found in rich moist forests, mostly in the upstate – it is the climbing hydrangea, Decumaria barbara.  It also produces a fascinating little fruit that looks just like an Ancient Greek amphora. Here is an interesting old account of the plant: http://chestofbooks.com/gardening-horticulture/Gardener-Monthly-V26/Flowering-Of-The-Climbing-Hydrangea.html


Steve Hill, Ph.D. Botanist, SCNPS

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