MYSTERY VINE

this vine is very dainty with white flowers --when the flowers die off pods w/spines appear. What is this mystery vine. It appeared out of no where.
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

Your mystery vine sounds like Echinocystis lobata, commonly called wild cucumber, wild mock cucumber, or balsam-apple. It has a palmate leaf (hand-like in its veination pattern) with pointed lobes. It flowers from June through October with delicate-looking, six-petaled white blooms. Wild cucumber produces fat, oblong spiney pods. It is considered a weed, and has become invasive in some areas of the United States.


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