Boerhavia scandens – Climbing Wartclub

Boerhavia scandens - Climbing Wartclub, Bush Spiderling

Boerhavia scandens - Climbing Wartclub, Bush Spiderling

Plant Name

Scientific Name: Boerhavia scandens

Synonym: Commicarpus scandens

Common Names: Climbing Wartclub, Bush Spiderling

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial

Growth Habit: Vine, Herb/Forb

Arizona Native Status: Native

Habitat: Desert, Upland. It is usually found growing in shady spots under trees in rocky canyons.

Flower Color: Pale green

Flowering Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

Height: To 6.6 feet (2 m) tall

Description: The 5-lobed flowers are clustered in 2.4 inch (6 cm) wide umbels of 4 to 11 flowers. The leaves are green, triangular to heart-shaped, and opposite with leaf pairs of unequal sizes. The stems are sprawling or climbing and usually tangled in other plants.


Kingdom: Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision: Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division: Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass: Caryophyllidae
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Nyctaginaceae – Four o'clock family
Genus: Boerhavia L. – spiderling
Species: Boerhavia scandens L. – climbing wartclub

More About This Plant

Arizona County Distribution Map