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#109001 Aug 13th, 2007 at 12:05 PM
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Is this the dreaded "mile a minute" vine that is taking over everywhere around here, or even kudzu?

Whatever it is, it's stubborn, and has prickers about every 1/2 inch on both sides.

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(no, it's not poison ivy - the leaves are wrong and it's not shiny)


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plants 'n pots #109223 Aug 13th, 2007 at 04:00 PM
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It doesn't look like the mile a minute weed that I know of :huh:


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looks like blackberry


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RugbyHukr #109352 Aug 13th, 2007 at 06:53 PM
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hmmmm - well that would be a shame if it actually WAS blackberry, because we ripped it out and it's gone! It was growing well underneath a huge butterfly bush, among other perennials - unless a bird dropped it there, I have no idea where it would have come from!


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plants 'n pots #109383 Aug 13th, 2007 at 08:02 PM
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definitely not kudzu. leaves are wrong.

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Could be blackberry, but I doubt it...


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badplanter #109471 Aug 13th, 2007 at 10:18 PM
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I have that weed too, Lynne. The best way to rip it out without getting prickled is right down by the ground. And shovel the ground first to get all the roots loosened. I don't have a name for it, I just call it "weed".

I also have blackberries and it's not the same. The blackberry grows upright and this weed clings to the ground and doesn't produce any fruit.


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I have that same dang vine, too...it's usually lerking inbetween other weeds that I'm pulling up and before I know it I have a hand full of thorns!


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alankhart #109661 Aug 14th, 2007 at 07:04 AM
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I didn't think it was blackberry, though it did look like some google pictures I found of it. This thing just popped up in the middle of a very densely planted garden - never saw it anywhere before on our property. I had to get Don to get it out, as he has better gloves for prickly things, and was also able to reach the roots better than I could. Hopefully he got it all out!

And Cindy... I like that you "save my brain space for important things" -
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plants 'n pots #110249 Aug 14th, 2007 at 09:13 PM
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Isn't that a wild red respberry? I have a million of them, too, because of the birds. If they have little 5-petalled white flowers in spring, that's what they are. One year my husband pulled them all up and they came back the next spring as if nothing had happened. The next fall, I sent him with 2-4D (weed begone) and he did a broadcast spray. That did the trick, and because it was in mid-September, it didn't kill anything else (that I could see) because nothing was in active growth. I'm not sure I'd call mine a vine, tho.


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Definately a type of Rubus (my favorite family). Either Wild Rasperry (Rubus leucodermis) or Trailing Blackberry (Rubus Ursinus).
Trailing Blackberry(hugs the ground and)has male and female plants so you sometimes get a whole mass of them with no fruit. I pull the ones without white flowers in the spring. (also turns reddish purple in winter).
Wild Rasperry grows upright in circular bunches. It can take a year before it has fruit on it. (also turns blueish purple in winter).
I suppose these plants would be more of a nuicance unless you were really fond of the wild berries like I am.

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I do love berries, but this was one very very long stem, in the middle of my packed perennial garden. I'll keep an eye out next spring to see if it returns.


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