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Can anybody identify this plant and should I get rid of it?

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There is a plant in my garden that's climbing all over 3 other (large) plants. It's not flowering but it has got dark purple pods all over it. I have no recollection of planting it but it doesn't look like a weed - but I'm thinking it might be strangling the other plants. Anybody know what it might be (I'll try and post a pic) and should I try and disentangle it to get rid of it?

GrimmaTheNome Fri 14-Aug-09 14:54:35

If it has pods now, presumably it had flowers before - can you describe those, and the leaf shape?

here you go

Grimma - I don't remember seeing it before so not sure about the flowers. The leaves are in the pic - does that help at all?

ShellingPeas Fri 14-Aug-09 19:01:52

It looks to me to be Eccremocarpus scaber - Mexican glory vine. If it had orangey tube shaped flowers before the pods then it probably is. It's a tender perennial climber, so will die down in the winter and may or may not come back next year depending on whether you have a sheltered site. It does grow from seed so perhaps there were some seeds in your soil?

this is the google image page so might help you identify it.

Could be that - and bits of it have died so presumeably I can wait until it's all dead and that will be easier to clear. I'll then keep my eyes open for it next year!

ShellingPeas Sat 15-Aug-09 20:44:42

Yep, unless it's completely swamping your other plants it will die down in the winter. As it's not frost hardy it may not come back at all.

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