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Old-man's beard is a vine with slender, woody stems that grows in dry washes and canyons in West, Central and South Texas. It can have a shrub-like shape, but usually climbs along the ground or over shrubs and trees by loosly twining petioles. It is dioeceous, with male and female flowers on separate plants. Flowers on both are inconspicuous, appearing in spring and summer, but on females they are followed by extremely showy fruits with 3-inch-long silvery tails from August through October. The opposite, pinnately compound leaves are decidous. It is cold hardy into the teens, but will grow from the roots the next spring after a freeze. It can tolerate moisture as well as drought, although it does best in well-drained soil. Once established, old-man's beard is almost impossible to eliminate.
Plant Habit or Use: vine
Flower Color: white
Blooming Period: spring
Fruit Characteristics: achene with plumed styles; very showy
Plant Character: deciduous
Heat Tolerance: very high
Soil Requirements: adaptable