Vine with big leaves and thorns all over it? What is this?

tlbean2004July 25, 2014

I noticed this vine recently growing and it had leaves around 2-3 inches long and many thorns runing down the vine.

Does anyone know what it is?
Should i pull it out?

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Here is another pic.

    Bookmark   July 25, 2014 at 11:32AM
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Well, It certainly looks nasty and painful. I would get it out of there before it get so big you can't. I have found that desirable plants usually do not volunteer like weeds do. You might try taking a piece of it to your county extension if you really want to salvage it. Take care that it doesn't injure you.
Good luck

    Bookmark   July 25, 2014 at 11:44AM
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    Bookmark   July 25, 2014 at 12:21PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

It probably won't pull, Smilax usually need to be dug out.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 9:58AM
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missingtheobvious(Blue Ridge 7a)

Possibly Smilax rotundifolia (confusingly, the thorniness can vary considerably). If so, it has rhizomes/tubers which make it difficult to kill. Try Roundup concentrate; you may need to use it more than once.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 12:02PM
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