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01/07/2012 at 22:21


I have a friend who has an invasive climbing weed smothering shrubs in the garden. No idea at the moment if it flowers, loses leaf, changes colour etc. It twines on long stems but the leaf doesn't appear until it reaches light at the top of the shrubs. It then grows all around the tops of the shrubs. Will attempt to attach a photo

01/07/2012 at 22:39

No real clues but I'm making a stab in the dark at wild hops.

Maybe more information will change my mind for me.

01/07/2012 at 22:40

Can I suggest you google images of bindweed and see if it is that.

01/07/2012 at 22:50

I know bindweed, it's all over my allotment. It's definitely not that.

01/07/2012 at 22:53

I've just checked out wild hops and think it may well be!

02/07/2012 at 06:59

How good was that?  I guessed it before you put the picture up  

It looks like hops to me - it should feel rough, slightly bristly.  There are male and female hop plants, only the females will have the flowers used for brewing, but apparently home brewers are quite keen on getting 'green hop flowers' rather than dried ones so you could ask around if anyone wants them when they bloom.  They can look really attractive in the  autumn (there is a golden form too) and you can gather the vines with blooms on to decorate your home etc.  If you friend likes it tell him/her just to cut it down in the autumn, it'll regrow again, and if it's getting a bit rampant just thin out the growing stems and try to train it into a tree or trellis/arbour/boundary hedge etc.  Or if they really hate it they could dig it out and glyphosate any regrowth.

02/07/2012 at 09:52
02/07/2012 at 10:40

I think it is most likely White Bryony

02/07/2012 at 11:16

I've got the goldern version, rate of spring growth is phenomenal!  Does need keeping under control though ........... it fights with my vine in what we call 'brewers corner'.

02/07/2012 at 20:17

White Bryony is looking like a good contender. I'll get him to check both hops and bryony and see what he thinks. I get the impression from other pics he sent that the leaf is quite smooth


02/07/2012 at 20:23

If the leaves and stem are smooth and not bristly then it's White Bryony - drat, foiled again 

03/07/2012 at 00:50

Doesn't look like Bryony.

03/07/2012 at 06:36

Looks quite like it to me - it would be good if we could have a close up of any flowers.

03/07/2012 at 06:42
03/07/2012 at 17:25

We don't know what the flowers look like as he's ripped it all out before it got chance to flower. Spoken to him today and done some more research on white bryony and he says the description of the root is exactly what it's like so we're pretty sure that's what it is now. Thanks to everyone for their suggestions, I had no idea at all what it was!

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