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Anothernewb
Jun 6, 2017 11:24 AM CST
I have what appears to be 2 or 3 plants in one spot. I'd like to know what they are and ideas splitting them up. Do I dig up the entire mess, rinse off the dirt from the roots and replant? Or will it be too much of a tangled mess and be prepared to pull them all and replace?

Thank you.
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Name: Amanda
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pepper23
Jun 6, 2017 11:42 AM CST
The vine is a clematis. Trim it back or unwind it and rewind around the trellis.

The ferny looking plant is wormwood Wormwood (Artemisia arborescens 'Powis Castle'). Best thing for this might be to dig it up and replant a small section back if you want it still. It can be an aggressive plant if not kept in check but still a good plant.

Not sure what the last one is. Looks familiar though.

Name: Sue
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sooby
Jun 6, 2017 12:01 PM CST
Welcome! I agree with Amanda that the vine is clematis. I think the ferny one is Russian sage:



I'm not sure what the other one is either.

Both the Russian sage and the clematis are worth keeping. I don't think I would disturb either at this time of year though. People often let clematis grow through other plants on purpose but Russian sage isn't a very large support.

Name: Amanda
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pepper23
Jun 6, 2017 12:02 PM CST
Russian Sage. Should've known. D'Oh! Hilarious!
Akron, oh
Anothernewb
Jun 6, 2017 12:28 PM CST
Thank you both VM.

I'll put a trellis there for the clematis and let things be then. Might look pretty having the RS as a base plant.

Thank you again. I'm definitely a newb. But I can tell already that this is going to be a new addiction for me.

Thanks again.
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Calif_Sue
Jun 6, 2017 1:41 PM CST

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The sage will help shade the roots of that clematis so that's helpful!
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