Weed/Vine Identification

Jacar3March 26, 2012

I would like to see if anyone can identify this vine that is taking over my flower beds. The vine grows up through shrubs, bushes, and even makes like a matte over the flowers. I have tried several times to pull them out but they break before the roots come out of the ground.

Thanks for your help.

Jac

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hortster(6a, southcentral KS)

Looks like one of the bindweeds, likely field bindweed, Convolvulus arvensis. Whichever it is will be tough to control either with hoeing/pulling or herbicides because of their incredibly deep root systems. Also, seeds can remain viable in the soil for decades, so if you can prevent it from flowering it will limit the spread. Unyeilding tenacity is the only answer!
hortster

    Bookmark   March 26, 2012 at 2:58PM
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Jacar3

Here are some better pictures. I forgot to mention that I have not seen any type of flowers on this.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/33021253@N06/6872312870/in/photostream

http://www.flickr.com/photos/33021253@N06/6872312766/in/photostream/

    Bookmark   March 26, 2012 at 3:53PM
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hortster(6a, southcentral KS)

I'll still go with bindweed. Indigenous to the entire USA and Canada. There's a reason!
hortster

    Bookmark   March 26, 2012 at 4:45PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

Agreed, there are several types of vines that look almost exactly alike. Juvenile leaves can vary significantly from adult leaves, and flowers can be the same color as the leaves, rendering them virtually invisible.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2012 at 5:54PM
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