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What is this evil vine?

Posted by fearlessem 8 (My Page) on
Fri, Sep 6, 13 at 20:06

Hi all,

I just moved from the northeast to New Orleans, so I've got lots to learn here about southern gardening! But my first question... What is this evil vine?! It is coming up through my lawn as well as climbing over a chain link fence... And what can I do to eliminate / control it?

Many many thanks,


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RE: What is this evil vine?

Is it thorny? Looks kind of like raspberry.

As for killing it, cut it off just above ground level and then put a drop or two of herbicide on the part sticking in the ground.

RE: What is this evil vine?

might be old world climbing fern (lygodium microphyllum).
apparently, there are variations in the leaf forms and some images resemble your photo.
herbicide for control.

RE: What is this evil vine?

Not a fern. Appears to be a Rubus spp. like dewberry. Any flowers in spring?

RE: What is this evil vine?

That's a rose. It could be wild multiflora rose (birds spread the seed) or it could be an old rambler that's been growing along the fence line for many years. If you're in a hurry to kill it, Round-up will do the trick. I'd wait until next April to see if it blooms first.

RE: What is this evil vine?

You must all be seeing completely different foliage than I am, lol.

RE: What is this evil vine?

Fearlessem never came back to say if it was thorny or not...

I thought dewberry was a pretty good suggestion.

Looks similar to the wild berry vines that are ubiquitous here as well, though the ones here have more of a fuzzy kind of thorn than dewberry pics at the link, kind of invisible but they'll get ya'! Blackberries or black raspberries. Fruit comes on in April.

RE: What is this evil vine?

Looks like a wild blackberry...lots of them around here...yum!

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