Plant ID forum: Vining ground cover. Identify and give kill instructions.

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May 16, 2017 1:12 PM CST
I have a vining ground cover invading my flower bed. It's leaves look like a small tender ivy. The buds are little round balls, and the small flowers are yellow. When I dig down, the root (or perhaps, rhizome) is pure white, and resembles a curled and twisted white grub. This is very fast growing, and in a week or two, covers my small hollies, and vines up every flower stock and covers everything. How do I get rid of this pest from my flower gArden? Pulling it does no good!

Thank you
Name: Elaine
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May 16, 2017 1:16 PM CST
Hi Myrna and welcome. We'll have a lot easier time identifying your invasive plant, and helping you get rid of it if you could please tell us where you are located?

Also a picture of the plant helps tremendously, if you can post one?

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May 16, 2017 2:38 PM CST
Hi Myrnabeeeyahoocom Welcome!

I agree, it will help to know what city, state or country the plant is growing to give an exact ID. There are so many possibilities. Here in my area we have Bitter Gourd (Momordica charantia) that takes over everything in sight! It seems impossible to get rid of! This is a photo I took of a neighbors yard, it's taking over small palm trees and who knows what:

Another possibility with small yellow flowers is Oxalis
Creeping Wood Sorrel (Oxalis corniculata)

And yet another that comes to mind is Creeping Cucumber (Melothria pendula)

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