ID of this vine

jane__ny(9-10)April 23, 2013

We bought this house last fall and suddenly this vine appeared growing like gang-busters. It is planted below this white wood structure so I guess the previous owner like it.

It is growing so fast its making me uneasy and I'm thinking of getting rid of it unless its something special.


Jane

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nova_gw

Coral Vine?

    Bookmark   April 23, 2013 at 3:40PM
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zzackey(8b GA)

It doesn't look like coral vine to me. Please take a long piece of it to your local agricultural center for ID.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2013 at 4:30PM
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kayjones(Mo6b)

Yes, it's coral vine, botanically known as Antigonon leptopus

    Bookmark   April 23, 2013 at 4:49PM
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jane__ny(9-10)

Thank you, is this worthwhile? Its very aggressive and spreading all over the place.

Jane

    Bookmark   April 23, 2013 at 4:57PM
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jane__ny(9-10)

I looked it up and it appears invasive. I'm going to dig it up.

Thanks for the ID.

Jane

    Bookmark   April 24, 2013 at 12:39AM
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katkin_gw

Coral vine grows to about 40 ft but can be pruned to a smaller size. It has lovely pink flowers the bees love. So I think it is worth while as long as it's pruned. But you'd need some thing big like a fense to grow it on, not just a trellus or arbor.;o)

    Bookmark   April 24, 2013 at 7:24AM
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carolb_w_fl(zone 9/10)

Older plants have huge, very tough tubers & the plants throw off TONS of viable seed. Roots will also form multiple smaller tubers. Good luck!

Speaking from personal experience here - love the pretty flowers - so do bees, but this thing is most definitely a pain!

    Bookmark   April 24, 2013 at 9:37AM
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jane__ny(9-10)

Thanks for the info. I know I'll have trouble getting rid of this vine. Before we moved in we had painters doing the outside of the house. The painters cut the vine to the ground to paint. After moving in, we didn't know what it was and the gardener said it was a weed vine (have no idea how he knew as it was cut to the ground) and proceeded to soak it in Roundup.

Certainly didn't kill it as its happily climbing all over the ground and the wood structure.

Another project to tackle!

Jane

    Bookmark   April 24, 2013 at 4:13PM
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thetradition(9b)

Cut the vine with enough left to dip the cut end in straight, undiluted RoundUp. That works for me.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2013 at 7:47AM
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