Mystery vine has appeared

bveronicoApril 13, 2014

I was walking around my little yard today and just noticed this growing in a corner. It was not there when we moved in last July and I only ever noticed some volunteer morning glories in this corner now and then but they were pulled before flowering.

It seems suspiciously nice looking for a volunteer vine in this area, or more likely a weed. Any ideas what it could be? It's about 10 inches tall right now. I tried identifying online by leaves and it came up with honeysuckle but comparing photos does not convince me. Smooth edges on the leaves...

Thanks for any ideas!

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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

Looks like a Clematis seedling. You won't be able to tell what sort of Clematis until it flowers.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2014 at 5:11PM
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woodyoak zone 5 Canada

Clematis was the first thing that came to mind for me too....

    Bookmark   April 17, 2014 at 9:10PM
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I thought clematis as well, but then I noticed it wrapped an "arm" tightly around a wire cage I placed over it. Very tightly, and I thought clematis don't wrap?

    Bookmark   April 19, 2014 at 11:50AM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

Absolutely clematis. They climb by wrapping their leaf petioles round anything they encounter.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2014 at 1:22PM
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Well I'll be very happy with another clematis! Hope it doesn't mind lack of climbing support for now. I'll have to try string from the wire cage to some wires a few feet above. Otherwise I really hope it will get bushy at the top of the three foot cage it has now. The most unfortunate thing is the location which will soon be in 80% shade (two to three hours of early morning sun through a chain link fence, then dappled shade for a few hours and then full shade from about 2pm on.

Thank you for your help!

    Bookmark   April 19, 2014 at 2:51PM
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That's why I don't like to pull mystery plants until I know what kind of plant they are or blooms they produce. It seems to have come back this year so the limited sun that it is getting seems to be enough to keep it going (whether you get lush blooms, we'll have to wait and see)

    Bookmark   April 20, 2014 at 1:02PM
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