Question for the Gardeners – Anyone Know About this Vine?

Dear PoPville,

What’s this weed/vine? Never seen it before. Just noticed it this year and it seems to be everywhere. Is this the newest invasive species?

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  • Looks like a Morning Glory. I see them everywhere in my garden as well.

    • I originally thought that a few years back…but they aren’t, unfortunately.

      • Me too. My first summer in my house I thought it was morning glory and actually put some twine out in front to help it climb the fence. I figured it out once it started blooming, but my neighbors still tease me.

  • It is a weed. It grows like crazy, in fact probably the fastest appearing, growing and annoying weed out there. Tons of tiny yellow bugs like to hang out on them too. They do not bloom or do anything remotely enjoyable. They will strangle your garden. I easily pull up six dozen of these a week. Get them while they are young….

  • I hate this weed. It consumes 30 minutes of my weekend without fail.

  • My mother calls it bind wind.

  • Do you ever wonder what makes something a weed? For example, it seems to me that dandelions, violets and Queen Anne’s lace would make a sustainable and beautiful groundcover, but most people consider them weeds.

    • To clarify, I agree with the other posters that this vine will eat your house. Its one up side is that you can rip it out in massive clumps.

    • Emmaleigh504

      I had some flowers in my garden that my anal retentive neighbor thought of as weeds, so he sent his landscapers over to remove them. That man was such a pain in the ass.

      I love violets and grow many different kinds in my current garden. I even imported some seeds from England for my violet garden.

    • Love Queen Anne’s lace… I found it along the road close to home, pulled a huge clump and it grows nicely in my back garden.

      After it blows to completion I pull the old stems out and it comes right back the following year.

      I have several local weeds, small blue flowers, that I love. I will have to photograph those and ask the experts here too.

      Weeds are only unwanted flowers. Many are beautiful if kept under control and they need very little if any care.

    • A weed is just a flower growing in the wrong place. Do I want Queen Anne’s lace growing in my yard? No. But along a highway in an open meadow, it can be beautiful. It’s all about context 😉

    • I’ve always been told that a vine, technically speaking, is any plant that is in a place that you don’t want it. A rose bush sprouting in an unwanted area is technically a weed.

  • devoe

    It is not morning glory, it is an annoying weed that will take over your lawn if you don’t act fast and yes, it will attract disgusting clumps of yellow bugs.

    The good news is that if you are dilligent in your weeding, the year-on-year occurrence of it goes down. Year one my little rowhouse front garden area was choked with these things, year two was somewhat better, and this pasy year (year three) I hardly have any.

  • Get yourself some Roundup stat!

  • actually, its the rhudebrun ivesalis. it is native to south america and horribly invasive in this environment. if you find it you should uproot it and you may want to salt your garden to make sure none of the seeds germinate.

  • I was just talking about this with my roommate! Also in Bloomingdale. Is it all over the city? It grows so quickly, its crazy.

  • The bane of my gardening existence. I am constantly at battle with this vine. I do agree that if you pull it up at the first sign, eventually it gets better – but it is never gone.

    • ah

      The same can be said for just about every weed.

      And, yes, some things are purely weeds. Granted, other things may be weeds only in the eyes of the beholder, but this is not one of them.

  • Yup, they are strong and strangle everything. Can’t let them go long or you’ll be trying to unravel knots.

  • Baahh! I can’t stand this weed! At first I thought it was a neat looking ivy that I could let grow on my fence. But it strangles everything! It’s strangling all my roses and grows so darn quickly. I remove everything I can see every weekend–by the next weekend I have vines that have grown 3-4 feet again and wrapped around my roses a few dozen times.

    We have it in 16th St Heights–sounds like it’s all over the city.

  • It is taking over the Embassy of Albania (right where Florida, Connecticut, and S meet – north of Dupont). They had gardeners clean it up at the beginning of the Summer and it is already back with vengeance!

  • Yes, this stuff is crazy fast in how it grows, but easy to pull out…. A similar vine that’s actually worth keeping is called Autumn Clematis. It looks very much the same, but the vine is thicker. You can see them blooming throughout the city right now. Beautiful mounds of white and very fragrant.

  • If you have bindweed you will never be rid of it. Ever. Propagates underground and the root systems can go 2-3′ deep. So, dig up your entire yard or live with it. I’ve resigned myself to doing a quick tour around the side yard 3x a week looking for new shoots. In the right conditions you can practically watch them grow (3-4″ in a DAY, easily)

    If there is any good news is that it will become sparser if you are diligent about plucking the shoots, as was mentioned above. Taking away it’s ability to flower and photosynthesize will somewhat stunt growth, but won’t kill the underground shoots. I’ve found some success by getting a trowel and following the root down as far as I can and cutting it as deep in the soil as possible. Thinning the root system is the way to go. When the apocalypse comes the earth will be re-populated by cockroaches and this fucking weed. Grrrr.

    Or you can let it take over your yard. The white blossoms are actually very pretty … right before the vines strangle you in your sleep.

  • It is a pain in the ass and it grows very fast. It grows through our English ivy and I wind up pulling it up nearly everyday.

  • The yellow bugs that you find on this weed vine are aphids. Get rid of both the vine and the bugs. Worst weed ever!!! I feel this year it is coming on with avengance!

  • Nope – all wrong. It’s honeyvine (Cynanchum laeve), native to the states but no less a pain in the butt for us gardeners. Morning glory/bindweed has alternate leaves along its viney stems, plus showy flowers. Honeyvine doesn’t even have that going for it – its flowers are little and white and nothing special. Its one redeeming quality: it’s in the milkweed family, so monarch butterflies eat it.

    • anon. gardener

      Interesting! We’ve got bindweed in our alley – I know for sure because I’ve seen the flowers – but last week when i pulled some of this up the milky sap surprised me. (but not enough to make me investigate further.) I’ll have to go take a more careful look.

      Personally I hate the sweet autumn clematis – it is as invasive as any weed, grows over everything, and your fence will break under the load. I’ve been trying to eliminate it from my yard for years with no success.

    • I have this same vine, and it has neither flowered nor has a milky sap…

    • Bingo – honeyvine! Had this in the front yard for years now and it’s a pain. In addition to the little white flowers it also grows enormous seed pods that look like something from Invasion of the Body Snatchers

  • Aglets

    make sure you wash your hands with soap & water *really* well after you yank this out! I spent a saturday winding the vines around my middle fingers and yanking it all out of my garden a few years ago, and even ‘tho i washed my hands, I had a reaction like poison ivy although not as contageous. It was along the insides of my finger and itched like a mofo. I thought it was poison ivy although the bumps were smaller and closer together than my usual reaction to PI. It didn’t respond to my totoally amazing PI topical ointment, so I googled something and it looked like another person’s reaction to another kind of ivy. Apparently all ivy can cause this kind of reaction if you have sensitive skin.
    The only thing that worked for me was holding my hands under the hottest water I could stand and just scrubbing with a scrubbrush and soap. it was not awesome.

  • PDleftMtP

    People have it, and this stuff is horrible. You can do some damage to it by tilling the soil, but the only thing that gets rid of it is yanking whatever survives (some will) every. single. time. you see it – don’t let it go for a few days. I got rid of it in one part of my yard but it took years, and no hope for the part that borders the neighbors (who just let it grow).

    And my hands are also irritated by the sap; for me, just washing right after pulling the stuff works.

  • Yes, that’s Satan’s Spawn (diaboli progenies). It’s a persistent little bugger, isn’t it! I had a bad case of that cropping up in my backyard and garden, and this took care of it in a jiff:

    This recipe makes roughly 1 gallon of solution. Some of these ingredients are household items, and others will be a little trickier to get ahold of.

    Satan’s Spawn

    2 tbsp phosphate
    2 tbsp battery acid
    1/4 tsp arsenic (only include if not near any good plants!)
    1 quart blood of the innocent
    2 quarts Holy Water
    1 quart virgin’s tears

    Blend all ingredients until you achieve a thick, but homogeneous consistency. Put in a misting bottle and apply 2 times daily until supply runs out, reciting six “Hail Mary’s” with each application.

    Hope this helps!

    Matt “Not in my garden!” K.

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