Vines

Gourds

Lagenaria, Curcurbita, or Luffa spp. Gourds are perhaps the first crop to be grown on both sides of the Atlantic ocean; originating in Africa, they most likely floated to South America and beyond, and were quickly pressed into gardener service...

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Cypress vine – invasiveness

Q: Can you tell me anything about cypress vine? I have some seed but want to know how invasive it is before planting. A: Cypress vine, Ipomoea quamoclit is one of the “nicer” invasive vines in that you can readily...

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Creeping Charlie (Ground Ivy) – Control

Q: I have a pesky weed which I don’t have any idea what it is or where it came from. I feel like it showed up because of my poor soil. I have dug up this weed, made sure no...

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Black-eyed Susan Vine – Identification

Q: I was in Boston last week and saw this yellow-flowered, vine-like container plant which I can’t identify. Can this be grown here? A: I believe it’s a climbing black-eyed Susan vine, Thunbergia alata. It’s perennial in south Florida but...

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Fence – Hiding with Vines

Q: My next door neighbor has put up a chain link fence which I find hideous in my garden! I really want to hide it; what do you suggest? A: I use evergreen clematis, Clematis armandii, for this purpose and...

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Hummingbird Vine

Q: My wife and I were given a plant called hummingbird bush but we’re not sure how to take care of it. It has vining growth and the leaves grow along the entire stem and are very fine, almost hair-like....

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Carolina Snailseed – Identification

Q: I have noticed an interesting vine growing on a fence near my house. It has bright red berries hanging in clusters from the stem. The leaves look vaguely like smilax or large-leaf vinca. Do you know what it is?...

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Bougainvillaea – Care

Q: Last year I planted two beautiful bougainvillaeas in my garden. I cut them back before the first frost, hoping they would return. I have yet to see any regrowth though they were well covered with pine straw. Do you...

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English Ivy – Remove from Trees

Q: I have a question about the best way to manage ivy. In particular, I am looking for some advice on how to trim ivy down from the base of trees so that the ivy doesn’t grow too high. How...

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Clematis – Wilt

Q: I have a two-year old evergreen clematis that is climbing up over my garage. In the last couple of months it has started to turn brown at the ends of the vine and now all the leaves throughout are...

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Evergreen Wisteria – Identification

Q: I moved into my house near Lawrenceville four years ago. It’s probably been in the yard about 5-7 years. It is deciduous and woody. Can you identify it for me? Seems it likes it here! A: It’s evergreen wisteria,...

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Smilax – Identification

Q: What is this vine and how can I eliminate it from my yard? Or should I? Maybe it serves some useful purpose I don’t know about. It has miserable thorns and appears everywhere I want to be. They seem to...

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Smilax – Soak in Herbicide

Q: I have an evil force at work under my yard. There is a network of sticker vines which grow along a seemingly endless root system. I went on a rampage several years ago and tried to dig up the...

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Passion Vine (Maypop) – Recipes

Q: I transplanted a passion vine from a field several years ago. I really enjoy the vines climbing on my fence, giving me stunning flowers, plus many butterflies, chrysalises, and caterpillars! Every reference says the fruits are edible but I...

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Wax Vine (Hoya) – Identification

Q: Are you familiar with this vine and bloom? A: It is Wax Vine, Hoya carnosa. See Wax...

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Allamanda Vine – Seed Pods

Q: My allamanda vine has what I think are seeds on it. They look like sweetgum seed pods. Is my guess correct? A: My friend and professional landscape consultant Katie Price says “I used to live in Boca Raton FL...

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Akebia Vine – Fruit

Q: This blossom, resembling a magnolia flower, appeared on my akebia vine over an arch in late October. I have had the vine close to 10 years and have never seen anything like it! The flower is about 10 inches...

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Peppervine – Identification

Q: What is this vine that has overtaken a huge Japanese magnolia in our yard?   A: Peppervine, Ampelopsis arborea. It is kin to porcelain berry and possum grape see  Peppervine Possum grape Porcelain...

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