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Wild cucumbers climb high this year

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A neighbor called last week asking if an extra-terrestrial plant species has invaded recently. He said that rapidly-growing vines with maple-like leaves, tightly coiled tendrils, many small white flowers and spiky seed pods are growing all over his trees.

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I told him they are wild cucumber vines, a native plant widespread in North America. They aren't kudzu, the invasive Asian vine that covers trees down south.

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