Can anyone tell us what the heck is this plant???
Several instances of this strange, vine-y plant started growing in our new stone bed and in one of the half barrels several weeks ago. We were a little baffled but figured that maybe it was something we had forgotten we planted. Now the things are crawling up the tomato cages and are spreading like there’s no tomorrow! We thought that they might flower at some point, but they just keep growling long vine with those distinctive leaves you see above. Are they something other than a weed? Is it some kind of ivy? Should we pull them now or let them grow? Internet searchers have been fruitless, so we’re hoping someone out there can help us identify it. Here are the plant’s details:
>The vines emanate from a single stem.
>Some of the vines are green, while the big, climbing vines are green with red stripes.
>The 7-pointed leaves grow in pairs (on of each side of vine) about 6 inches apart from each other.
>The vines are “sticky” — they are somewhat bristly to the touch.
>They don’t throw shoots (like strawberries), so they aren’t replanting themselves. The vines just keeping growing longer and longer!
>As of yet, there aren’t any signs of flowers.
If you know what this plant is, please let us know in the comments. (And many thanks in advance!)
Now, onto the update. We just said hello to the first day of summer (June 21), and the garden looks the part. Everything is very green and things are starting to flower, from the marigolds to the cucumbers! If it wasn’t for some sort of pest that’s been feasting on some of plants, everything would be close to peachy. Check out the gallery below to see how things are coming along.
Whew! If this garden gets any bigger, we’re going to need to take aerial shots to get everything in! (And since we only plan to expand, guess we’re going to have invest in an airplane now. 🙂 )