oblong, elliptic, ovate
pink, white, yellow
March - October
1.0 - 8.0
Common vine with opposite leaves, youngest often toothed or lobed.
Animals that eat the foliage, flowers, and seeds: Bobwhite quail, Wild turkey, Animals that eat the seeds: Bluebird, Purple finch, Eastern goldfinch, Junco, Robin, White-throated sparrow, Hermit thrush. Animals that eat the foliage and fruit: Cottontail rabbit. Animals That eat the plant: White-tailed deer (Martin et al. 1951).
Grows in thickets, open woods, border of woods, and along roadsides throughout Louisiana and east and central Texas. An Asian native that has escaped from cultivation and become a rampant, pernicious weed. It has endangered native vegetation from Florida to Texas in habitats as sensitive as the Cheniers of south Louisiana marshes. While it is replacing plants on the Cheniers vital for Neotropical migrants, there are reports that many birds consume its seeds (Bill Fontenot per com).
Thickets, open woods, border of the woods, along roadsides, fencerows, and pastures.