Monday, June 14, 2010
One man's weed is another man's nightmare. By early June, the woods at either side of my house are thick with all kinds of invasive green, glowing, and growing plants. This one above is one of them.
This lovely plant is the very sturdy Smilax rotundifolia. There are some lovely inns and restaurants through out the United States named after this vine as its common name is Greenbriar Vine. Before you fall in love with its spring beauty, I must let you know that it is invasive and can form impassable thickets. It has nasty argumentative thorns and with bursts of energy climbs trees without pause. The vine is strong enough to pull down young saplings. The leaves become a pale waxy green with age and their heart shape grows quite large. I even read on the internet a story by one person in Texas who said that a small dog had become entangled in a Greenbriar thicket and he had to go in and rescue it! If you declare battle with it, you will not come out unharmed.
I must admit that I have pulled or dug up a number of these plants at the edge of my lawn as they creep toward my yard. I never got down to the root which is supposed to look like a potato. This photo above, taken at the edge of a swamp in a nearby park, is most deceiving but perhaps worth framing?
Below is another beauty that grew just a few yards away at the edge of the same water feature.