Carolina Snailseed

Cocculus carolinus

Red-berry Moonseed, Coral-bead, Hierba del Ojo

About This Plant

Sun/part shade. Snailseed is a deciduous vine with a tenacious habit. Ornamental qualities include abundant red berries in autumn; the coiled seeds resemble snails. Snailseed is probably already present in any shaded area. It can be a difficult weed to control in the garden, entangling small plants. But consider leaving a patch on the chainlink if you need a tough native vine: the fruit is an excellent resource for alley wildlife, mockingbirds and cardinals.

Origins: Southeastern and midwestern U.S.


None needed in the native edge, but preventing its spread in ornamental gardens requires some diligent weeding.

A tough native vine with heart-shaped leaves and bright red autumn berries.

Min. Height: 1'

Max Height: 6 feet'

Min. Width: 1'

Max Width: 4feet'

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