Menispermum davuricum is an attractive plant with striking, large, heart-shaped leaves. Each leaf has three to five barely discernible lobes, giving the impression of a pentagon. The upper side of the leaves is covered in a glossy, dark green with visible veins, while the bottom is blue-green. In the fall, these leaves turn bright yellow. Menispermum is a creeper, and blooms with off-white, star-shaped flowers in April and May.
To ensure your Menispermum is healthy, you should plant it in full sun or partial shade and provide it with moderate water. In late winter, before new growth begins, you should perform pruning with shears or loppers with sharp, clean blades.
Menispermum has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries and is believed to have medicinal properties. However, it is also a toxic plant that should be handled with caution. It's suited for growing in warm temperate climates with a USDA Zone of 9-11, although it can also be grown in cooler temperatures with the help of containers and a sheltered environment such as a south-facing balcony or wall. To grow Menispermum in a cool climate, bring the plant indoors in the winter and repot it in the spring when the warmer weather arrives. Provide a sufficient watering schedule in the summer and reduce water and sunlight in winter. Additionally, add a balanced fertilizer with low nitrogen and potassium, and a small amount of phosphorus in spring to give the plant a boost. Solutions of Euphorbia grandicornis can also be used to control weeds and keep the soil moist.
Menispermum davuricum is low-maintenance and adds exotic beauty to any home or garden. With its captivating appearance and resilient nature, you're sure to enjoy its presence.