Cocculus carolinus Carolina
Moonseed Carolina Snailseed Coralbeads Plants Seeds
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|Habitat||Bloom Period||Color||Height feet||Moisture||Plant Spacing||Lifespan|
|sun, med. shade||July-
|fruits bright red||climbing to 14 feet||average to moist||perennial
carolinus Carolina Moonseed fruit & seed
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Cocculus carolinus, Carolina Moonseed is also know as Carolina snailseed, Coralbeads, and Redberry Moonseed. Moonseed is a very showy slender, twining deciduous native vine with long clusters of brilliant red fruits that can be seen dangling from high in tall trees and over shrubs in the SE United States. Carolina moonseed vine with it's nearly translucent bright red berries and dark green attractive leaves will climb up to 14 feet high with a 4- to 6-foot spread and is usually found at the margins of openings in forests, often near streams. The inconspicuous flowers are small, numerous, greenish, bloom in late Spring and mature into tight clusters of plump, scarlet showy berries in late Summer. Carolina Moonseed or Snailseed with it’s attractive scarlet fruits should be utilized more in home landscaping where it can be grown on trellises, arbors and fences or let naturally weave through large shrubs. The berries should not be eaten by people but are eaten by a large number of birds. Each fruit has a single seed that resembles a small snail shell.
carolinus vines are tolerant
of a wide range of soils and growing conditions and easily grown in average,
medium wet, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. May not be reliably
winter hardy in all of Zone 5 where it often suffers partial dieback or dies to
the ground in harsh winters. Carolina
Moonseed can be grown in a large
pot but will need some trimming to keep within bounds. Pruning should be done in
late winter or early spring before new growth begins.
Usually will not produce
fruit in early years. Cocculus
refers to the snail-shaped seed; carolinus refers to "Carolina".
Cocculus carolinus seed should be planted outside in fall/winter or given cold stratification for 3 months. Stratified seeds germinate in 3 to 4 weeks at 68° F. They are hardy from USDA zone 5-9.
The map below shows areas where Cocculus carolinus Carolina Moonseed vine grows wild but it can be planted and will grow over a wider area than shown. USDA plant hardiness zones 5 to 10.
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Cocculus carolinus Carolina Moonseed, Carolina
Snailseed, Coralbeads Plant distribution map
complements of USDA, NRCS. 2001. The PLANTS Database, Version 3.1
(http://plants.usda.gov). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.