Weedy vine is driving me insane

ccwinslow(7A)June 27, 2013

Can anyone identify this vine? I've been able to keep it under control (sort of) until this year ... we're 5" above our normal rainfall, and these vines seem to grow right before my eyes. They're everywhere. The plant has dusky blue berries in late summer, and the vines are so delicate that it's almost impossible to pull them up by the roots without breaking them off. Thanks for any help you can give. (I'm in Piedmont NC, btw.)

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hortster(6a, southcentral KS)

Compare to yellow passionflower, Passiflora lutea.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2013 at 3:19PM
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"Passiflora lutea" is what this looks like to me.

Here is a link that might be useful: Passiflora lutea

    Bookmark   June 28, 2013 at 7:29AM
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Thank to you both! I've never seen flowers on it, prob because I yank up the vines as often as I find them. Research indicates these are actually considered desirable plants. Color me shocked. However, I'm tired of them smothering my shrubs in my front garden and will continue to pull them up.

Thanks again!

    Bookmark   June 28, 2013 at 10:57AM
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kimpa(z6b PA)

You could dig it up and move it to somewhere it could climb like a trellis.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2013 at 4:25PM
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As I have said many times a "weed" is a plant you do not want growing where you do not want it growing. Many of the plants we consider "weeds" are actually wildflowers and there is some research to indicate our bees need these "weeds" to exist. Several millions of dollars are being spent in research this summer to determine if mowing the "weedy" edges of fields is detrimental to the health of our pollinators.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2013 at 7:18AM
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Thanks, kimpa and kimmsr. It's popping up everywhere, unfortunately, thanks to birds I presume ... even deep in my shady back yard, along pathways, even twining around english ivy. It's like air potato, sweet violets and bamboo, all of which would like to take over my gardens. I'm tired of fighting this stuff! :)

    Bookmark   July 10, 2013 at 8:57PM
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