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Name: Sue Seymour
Upper michigan (Zone 5a)
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suzysparklesalot
Jul 10, 2017 8:01 PM CST
Hello,
I found this climbing vine growing by my garage. It seems it might be climbing nightshade. Purple flowers that look like this and green pods (berries),
Is this a weed? should dig it up and move it or throw it in the trash? poisonous?
Thanks, Sue
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Name: Celia
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Zencat
Jul 11, 2017 5:36 AM CST
It does appear to be climbing nightshade. If it was in my yard, I'd dig and toss.
Name: kathy
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katesflowers
Jul 11, 2017 5:50 AM CST
Hello Sue & welcome. Nice picture, that helps. Wear gloves. Remove all traces, dispose in trash, not compost. Toxic, poisonous, a weed.
I have them, too. I have gotten good at identifying in immature stage and removing before berries appear and it gets a chance to seed.
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Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
Jul 11, 2017 7:48 AM CST
That picture is absolutely gorgeous!
No way that I would weed out something so beautiful!!!

The important thing to remember about poisonous plants.... They will probably still look nice after the deer and rabbits have killed everything else.

Another thing....
I deliberately grow nightshade as alternative host plants for the hawk moths....

Unfortunately, I don't have anything like the beauty you posted...
Rather than killing that gorgeous plant... Why not offer to swap seeds on the plant trade forum?
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Weedwhacker
Jul 11, 2017 5:00 PM CST
I agree that the photo is beautiful !

And, Stone, I truly admire your tolerance for even the most noxious weeds... Thumbs up
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Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
Jul 12, 2017 5:09 AM CST
Weedwhacker said:Stone, I truly admire your tolerance for even the most noxious weeds...

I've been researching this plant, trying to understand what's so bad about it.

So far, it doesn't seem to be an ecosystem killer like English ivy, or vinca major, or even Japanese honeysuckle, and Chinese wisteria...

So far, it just seems like it might be a bit weedy, comparable to morning glory. So maybe you wouldn't want it in the veggie garden, but in an out of the way location where she has it?

I still think I'd enjoy the flowers, and use it as a caterpillar nursery for the hawk moths.
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Name: stone
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stone
Jul 12, 2017 6:10 AM CST
As far as toxicity, how would it compare to foxglove? Nicotina? Nandina? Oleander? Aconitum? Castor bean?

Plenty of toxic plants in the landscape.

Found this:

http://naturalcrooks.com/rambl...

More and more... Sounds worth keeping.

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Name: kathy
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katesflowers
Jul 13, 2017 7:12 AM CST
I see your point, Stone. A real toxic brew in my cottage garden. I never thought about it. Killers, but I still love 'em.
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