The Q&A Archives: Weeds - Vines

Question: I have these terrible vines (I'm told it's skunkweed)and it just keeps coming back no matter how often I pull it. Is there something that will kill the vine?

Answer: Skunk vine (Paederia foetida) is all over Florida, so you're not alone. Effective control can be difficult but it is possible. Hand removal and proper disposal of
skunk vine is a good method of control as long as the seeds or stem fragments are not
allowed to root. Cutting stems will cause the upper parts to die, but the lower part will continue to grow. Herbicides that contain the active ingredients triclopyr amine (Brush-B-Gone) provide effective control. One method is to remove as much skunk vine by hand as possible and then use a paint brush to paint the end of the cut vine with the herbicide. This can help reduce damage to other plants. Complete control is not achieved with a single application; follow-up applications are
necessary. Avoid contact of herbicides with sensitive non-target vegetation. And always use herbicides according to all directions on the label. Good luck with your eradication project.

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