Trumpet Vine. Sometimes they will send off all sorts of shoots like this. Guess what. you can;t get rid of them! I got my dad one and it did just this!And I don;t think his ever flowered. if you take a piece of this to a garden center and its a different answer , please post.
Two reasons I don't think it's a trumpet vine are the stems aren't woody enough as a trumpet vine would be and the individual leaflets are cut or lobed or whatever you want to call that. Yes, trumpet vines do have leaf fronds like this, but the individual leaves at the very ends are solid on trumpet vines.
I've got this very same plant coming up all over and it blooms a white bloom that forms seeds we call "beggars lice" or "sticktights". If you walk through them, so many will stick to your socks that you might as well throw the socks away. And if your long-haired dog tromps in them, well ... you'd be better off just shaving the dog. ;-)
I have spent more time pulling that beast than all my other garden chores combined. Wingnut, you are so right, I have thrown away many socks and shoe strings, and even a pair of pants, because the nasty little devils get so deeply embedded you will tear up the fabric before you get the seed out. You can smell the carrot smell in the white fleshy root, and sometimes it is also present in the stem. The one I have is Daucus carota.
I have a question. Is the heliotrope that you are talking about sort of like angelica? With a white flat cluster of blooms at the top? I got some seeds in a trade last year. It's as high as my head, lots of blooms and fragrant. Is it going to be a pest? Should I deadhead before any seeds set?
Cala - the heliotrope you have is probably valerian & It is a spreader! I consider it a nice weed but I decided to move it out of the garden and into the ditch behind us. The seeds will fly in the wind and germinate where they land. They aren't too bad to dig out but little pieces of root left in the soil will re-sprout. I love the fragrance of it - but it can be a garden hog.
Its not trumpet vine. I have that growing along a fence. Oh dear I hope this is not going to be something I will regret. It seems to me it was marked as agmas(?) something does that ring any bells. Thanks so much for all the help.
Should add I planted this last year kind of late. it surrived the winter and was just a little guy till a couple weeks ago.
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