Hardy vines growing up to 6 m in length. Stems and leaves are light green and bristly. Male plants produce drooping panicles of yellowish or whitish green flowers; female plants produce odd-looking cone-shaped spikes of flowers. The plant's growth habit tends to smother whatever it grows on/over. Also known as small wolf.
Starts from seeds, cuttings.
Moist places, wooded areas, roadside ditches.
Host for red admiral butterfly larvae.
Extracts of fruit bracts used to flavour beer.
Parts of this plant are toxic; contact can cause skin irritation.