Vine Mania

Asked March 31, 2019, 4:14 PM EDT

We recently bought a house and have at least three different types of vines in the yard. I've identified English ivy and ground ivy, but I can't figure out the other. It appears in a clump before it grows into a vine. Could you help with identification and any control suggestions? Thanks!

Baltimore Maryland

1 Response


The plant in your photos appears to be a clematis. You may even have two different types of clematis. Some can be quite ornamental and lovely, like Clematis x Jackmanii.

And others can have quite an aggressive growth habit, like the white flowered sweet autumn clematis. Regardless of the species of clematis, if you want to get rid of it, you can manually remove the above ground portion and dig up as much of the root as possible. After that, continue to manually remove any new sprouts to keep the growth under control. Only use an herbicide as a last resort.