Friday, October 7, 2011

What tiny pink spikes are these?

There's a vine I don't know the name of which is growing in a tangled sprawl under the partial shade of a line of holly trees. In late September it began putting up extremely tiny bright pink spikes. They're so small that I can't tell whether they're flowers or fruits. The leaves are pointed ovals, at alternate intervals along the vine stems.

Tiny pink spikes, leaves alternate

Tiny pink spikes on low-growing vine

Vine with tiny pink spikes, in partial shade

1 comment:

  1. With the help of a knowledgeable friend, I've determined that this low-growing vine is in the smartweed family. Might possibly be a variety of ladysthumb which lacks the purple spotting on the leaves.


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