Cat’s-Claw Vine, Dolichandra unguis-cati—A Showy but Invasive Plant in Florida
Flowers and leaves of cat's-claw vine. The 3-pronged "claws" that replace the terminal leaflet in each compound leaf are visible at the lower right.





How to Cite

Proctor, Niels, and Jason Smith. 2014. “Cat’s-Claw Vine, Dolichandra Unguis-cati—A Showy But Invasive Plant in Florida: FOR323/FR391, 10/2014”. EDIS 2014 (9). Gainesville, FL.


Cat’s-claw vine is a neotropical, climbing perennial that produces large and showy yellow flowers in the springtime. It is valued as an ornamental, particularly in dry areas, because it needs little water or care and can climb almost anything, covering fences and other structures with an attractive carpet of leaves and flowers. Unfortunately, the aggressive nature of the vine has made it a major weed in China, Australia, South Africa, and parts of the southeastern United States. This 6-page fact sheet provides guidance on identification, control, and similar native vines for home landscapes. Written by Niels Proctor and Jason Smith, and published by the UF Department of School of Forest Resources and Conservation, October 2014.


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