Wild cucumbers climb high this year
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.
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.