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Wild cucumber captures attention but isn't major concern

wild cucumber

There’s been an explosion of a certain species of light green vine the past few weeks, prompting many to wonder what’s growing all over their fences, gardens and the side of the road. Its strange, spiky fruit only adds to the mystery. What could this prolific plant be?

CBS Minnesota's Heather Brown interviewed Angie Gupta, University of Minnesota Extension forestry educator, on Good Question: What Is That Light Green Vine Growing Rampant? It's worth watching, and the bottom line is that it is a native plant called wild cucumber, and hand-pulling makes more sense than spraying if it causes you concern.

Read more about this plant (and take 16 seconds to watch a video of the fruit exploding in slow motion) in a post by Gupta on Extension's My Minnesota Woods blog.

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