Beloved by bees, butterflies, and other insects for its nectar, sand vine is a problem weed that can be difficult to eradicate. Some people cultivate it as an ornamental, and beekeepers value it as an excellent honey plant.
Sand vine is a native milkweed vine that provides needed nectar for monarch butterflies as they migrate southward in late summer. Monarchs also lay their eggs on the plant, and their larvae feed on the foliage.
MDC protects and manages Missouri's fish, forest, and wildlife resources. We also facilitate your participation in resource-management activities, and we provide opportunities for you to use, enjoy and learn about nature.