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Jul 26, 2021 - 3:43:31 PM
1553 posts since 7/14/2004

Now that I have your attention, do we have any botany types here today?

My question is ,What is this weed?

It has taken over yards, gardens, forests and road sides in south central Alaska in recent years. It is a very aggressive blight, a scourge on the landscape. It is a vine of some type. It chokes out every other plant in crosses paths with.  It climbs trees. I swear it grows a foot per day.  Its kind of creepy in the same sense as Kudzu.  It may be the Kudzu of the far north. I searched for it on the web but could not find a match.




Jul 26, 2021 - 3:54:46 PM

Joeblo

Australia

31 posts since 3/1/2021

Wisteria maybe.

Jul 26, 2021 - 4:00:19 PM
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2430 posts since 3/29/2008

Looks like mass-wisteria, brought on by the plantdemic.

Jul 26, 2021 - 4:30:43 PM
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mbanza

USA

2382 posts since 9/16/2007

That is vetch. See also: trid.trb.org/view.aspx?id=643058

Jul 26, 2021 - 4:36:55 PM

3234 posts since 10/17/2009

Vetch. My yard is full of it... pain to get rid of.

Jul 26, 2021 - 4:38:01 PM

10449 posts since 8/22/2006

I agree with Verne we have it here in the south and it can get out of hand as well.

Jul 26, 2021 - 7:20:10 PM
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slammer

USA

3275 posts since 12/30/2008

My wife can be a real Vetch, but don’t look nothin like that !!!
Slammer!!!

Yeah, in know I’m going to hell, don’t worry, I’ll save ya all a seat!!!

Jul 26, 2021 - 8:35:40 PM

Buddur

USA

3063 posts since 10/23/2004

Sorry to break it to ya Sheenjack but don't smoke it.

Jul 27, 2021 - 12:53:57 AM

3800 posts since 4/29/2012

quote:
Originally posted by Buddur

Sorry to break it to ya Sheenjack but don't smoke it.


But you can eat it,

Jul 27, 2021 - 5:04:41 AM
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banjoy

USA

9795 posts since 7/1/2006

quote:
Originally posted by Buddur

Sorry to break it to ya Sheenjack but don't smoke it.


I was also a little disappointed that this thread content doesn't live up to its title! angel

Jul 27, 2021 - 6:13:46 AM

1553 posts since 7/14/2004

Thanks for the replies.  Now I know.  I have lived in AK most of my life and have traveled all over the state but I never noticed this weed prior to 3 years ago.

Jul 27, 2021 - 6:19:46 AM
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DC5

USA

19962 posts since 6/30/2015

The good thing is that vetch is a legume, and so it will fix nitrogen from the atmosphere. You can till it under and you add free fertilizer to your yard.

Jul 27, 2021 - 5:33:41 PM
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747 posts since 10/4/2018

Alright, you tricked me into clicking on this topic. It should be illegal to name a subject "weed" and then make it about weeds. I wonder how many people were conned into this thread. I bet Steve Davis got fooled, maybe even a few times.

Jul 27, 2021 - 8:06:16 PM

bubbalouie

Canada

15223 posts since 9/27/2007

When I first saw the picture I thought Lupines or Foxglove. Both invasive plants.

We have Giant hogweed here. Nasty.

Jul 28, 2021 - 10:58:13 AM

mander

USA

4693 posts since 10/7/2007

How to get rid of it depends on what you plan to plant in its place.

Jul 28, 2021 - 11:00:57 AM

mander

USA

4693 posts since 10/7/2007

How you get rid of it depends on what you want to plant in its place. I am a firm believer "weed a weed, plant a plant." IE don't take something out until you have something to put back in its place.

Jul 28, 2021 - 11:28:33 AM

1553 posts since 7/14/2004

This creeping crud is too widely disseminated to even dream of eradicating. Think I will have to move.

Read on the web this plant was introduced in Alaska in the early 1900's and escaped from 2 experimental farms.

Jul 29, 2021 - 7:04:52 AM
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wizofos

USA

6113 posts since 8/19/2012

We have/had several invasive weeds in our garden and found the way to eliminate them is to mow it down as close as you can, then rototill the garden as deep as possible and sometimes make several passes to bring up roots to be exposed to the heat of the sun. After that we put down 2 layers of news paper then put at least an inch of wood chips to hold the news papers in place. Now you can plant starts such as tomatoes, peppers and make a rip in the news papers for rows of seeds like peas and beans.
Since we have some dry years I put down soaker hoses to irrigate then plant starts along the hose line or plant the row seeds along a hose line.
Now this does not last long so you have to do it every year because seeds blow in the following year and in 2 years your garden is another weed patch.
I have heard that mowing and black plastic sheeting works good too but takes almost all summer to kill off what is under it. You do have to rototill after you mow to bring u the roots so heat can killl them.

Jul 29, 2021 - 7:29:33 AM
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DC5

USA

19962 posts since 6/30/2015

Please note, wizofos means actual news paper, the kind that you fold and get black ink stains on your hands. Do not use an i-Pad or other tablet that you read the news on for this. They do not work as well.

I have also found that plain brown wrapping paper also works well, it's biodegradable, blocks the sunlight and lets the water through. I have even used plain corrugated cardboard in real bad years.

Jul 29, 2021 - 1:59:09 PM

1553 posts since 7/14/2004

At the rate at which this noxious foreign interloping plant grows under the ever present midnight sun, I can envision a time in the near future when my humble abode is encased in a cocoon of Vetch with me entombed inside.  The Horror!

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