This thing acts like a bindweed but the flower arrangement doesn't match species I can find in google. I'd hate to kick out the groundcherry's BFF but it's getting really gropey with everyone at the party... A proper ID would go a long way to help finalize our guest list.
EDIT: More details...
Location - Baxley, GA (USDA 8A)
Grows in areas where we brought in some topsoil that recently became baked by a lack of summer rain.
There were black eyed peas planted in the area (ground cover) but deer took those out and we had these and ground cherries volunteer.
Also on that plot was a bag of "Cajun 15 Bean Soup" mix that we spread early in the summer as an experiment.
The flower bud after all the flowers are gone. At least he's not sporting a toupe...
This is the only thing I could find that actually showed the flower (what was left of them). Most of the bindweeds I see have one flower, not a bundle...
Here's our creep, cruising the dance floor...
Not sure if this helps, but here's a picture of his nether regions...
Here we see his alpha-male personality coming out. Always has to be on top...
We asked him to leave. This is what he showed us...
I tried to get a closer look and he spit these at me. Inside each one was four seeds in a typical bindweed shell. If I had to estimate, I'd say every flower "head" would hold about 80-100 seeds. You've been warned, ladies...
Tim Wells wrote:Fallopia convolvulus?
I don't think so, judging by the flower arrangement. I wish I had a picture of these flowers in bloom but it looks like there would've been about 10-20 small purple-white flowers in a cluster in a single head, not along a stem. We've been traveling quite a bit and my focus while home has been on my Mimosa tree pioneers (mid-summer transfers).
Maybe I should add some more details to help narrow the field. I live in Baxley, GA (USDA 8A) and this vine seems to grow in areas where we brought in some topsoil that recently became baked by a lack of summer rain. There were black eyed peas planted in the area (ground cover) but deer took those out and we had these and ground cherries volunteer. Also on that plot was a bag of "Cajun 15 Bean Soup" mix that we spread early in the summer as an experiment.
Matu Collins wrote:It looks like a successful vine. It does not look like field bindweed or hedge bindweed to me. Those are the ones I deal with.
The rolled up looking flower looks morning glory ish but in my experience bindweed and morning glory flowers have around five seeds per flower.
That's the kicker. So many flowers on one head makes me curious, but also scared. If it is a strangling vine I'm looking at a couple thousand more seeds being added to the soil if I let them go much longer.
The roots don't look like bindweed either. That's a good thing, the root growth patterns and strategies of bindweed are one of the trickiest things about it. Very brittle and very regenerative.
Whatever it is, fast growing vines are the toughest weeds to manage in my permaculture systems. Sun stealers that impede air flow!
Here we go...
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