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The neighbors plants are moving in. Should I let them?

Posted by LEKennedy4 10 (My Page) on
Sun, Mar 30, 14 at 13:33

Hi there,

My husband and I just bought our first house (very exciting). As I was prepping the backyard for my summer veggies, I noticed a plant had come in overnight. My mother thinks it's some kind of berry but I'm not so sure. It's covered in thorns and has a very thick stem (1"). What is it? I took pictures of the same plant over the fence that is flowering.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/61453768@N06/13515134063/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/61453768@N06/13515432524/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/61453768@N06/13515444264/

Also, there is a very invasive wispy fern coming through the fence from all angles. It's has thorns but is very pretty. I'm nervous if I'm not careful it will take over my yard. What is it?

https://www.flickr.com/photos/61453768@N06/13515511284/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/61453768@N06/13515526534/

Thanks for your help!!!

This post was edited by LEKennedy4 on Sun, Mar 30, 14 at 13:45


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RE: The neighbors plants are moving in. Should I let them?

Blackberry and Asparagus setaceus I believe.
(Synonymous with Asparagus plumosus and Protasparagus setaceus)

This post was edited by saltcedar on Sun, Mar 30, 14 at 14:02


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RE: The neighbors plants are moving in. Should I let them?

I can't figure out how to add multiple pics so here are more


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Yes, the first is a berry - could be a blackberry or boysenberry. Since it is growing through and/or over the fence, it is easy to cut back. You just want to make sure no sprouts pop up from the ground on your side of the fence.

The fern is Asparagus plumosa, a sort of vining fern. Other species of asparagus fern can be invasive in warmer zones; not sure about this one. Here, it is grown as a houseplant. And yes, quite thorny and stinks when in bloom. Again, just cut back where it appears through the fence.


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The picture of the berry coming from the soil is on my side. Should I not let it grow? I wouldn't mind berries, now that I know they're edible.

As for the asparagus fern, it has tried to come up in my soil but I haven't let it. I think I'll let it hang over from the neighbors side, since it adds color. But I'll keep it in check. Thanks for the help!


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Careful. It can be a thug in your climate.

Here is a link that might be useful: Least Favorite Plant:


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  • Posted by bboy USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA (My Page) on
    Sun, Mar 30, 14 at 15:18

The blackberry will fill up your whole yard if you let it. Better to nip the infestation in the bud, before it gets much bigger and harder to get rid of.


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Destroy it !!!!!!!


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