Thursday, May 20, 2010

New vine

Not Virginia creeper, which has five leaves. Or poison ivy. I think. I'm trying to figure this one out. We found in the Meadow on a live oak.

UPDATE May 29, 2010Case solved. Sorrelvine, cow-itch vine (Cissus trifoliata), a member of the grape family. According to Wildflowers Trees, and Shrubs of Texas, it can cause contact dermatitis in some individuals.


Anonymous said...

I'm in San Antonio, regular neighborhood and this stuff grows up the trees and up the house.
Congrats on getting your yard certified - I've always wanted to do that - its certainly wild enough :) I came here seeking the vine's name. Thanks.
There is one large patch growing on my house in the front and three or more large patches growing on my house in the back. It can reach the eaves and to the tops of trees if you let it. It doesn't make me itch at all but it does have a funny smell. Its only redeeming qualities for me are that is is hostplant to many interesting insects, one of which is the vine sphinx - a very handsome caterpillar and moth.

Sheryl Smith-Rodgers said...

Really?! Now you taught me something! I'll have to watch our vines. I checked the species you mention: Vine sphinx (Eumorpha vitis). Cool. Thanks!

Rick Cumins said...

Hi Ladies,

I live 40 miles south of Fort Worth in an area of sand over red clay with lots of post oak trees. There hadn't been a human on my property for several decades before I bought it and began to clear parts of it. I have almost as much of this stuff as I do poison oak and ivy. I am highly allergic to it all, but this stuff makes me break out in rashes for weeks if I don't get a cortisone shot right away. The prescription medicines (creams) for contact dermatitis that cure poison oak and ivy over night, do not phase the rash from this stuff. I love my place, but am thinking of giving it up because of this one plant!


I too am a writer, but a Realtor full time. I don't make much money from either right now, but I love it as well. I write mostly outdoors stories or hunting stories for magazines. From your window view, it looks like you are more in the Hill Country of Texas, south or west of my place. Good luck, and thanks for helping me identify this plant. I have a doctors appointment in the morning to try a new cream or get a shot, hopefully? Thanks again,

Sheryl Smith-Rodgers said...

Hi, Rick: Yep, we're in the heart of the Hill Country in Blanco County. Which magazines do you write for? I used to be a member of the Texas Outdoor Writers Association, which is still going strong. I consider myself an outdoors writer but not the hunting/fishing part. :-)

Sheryl Smith-Rodgers said...

P.S. GOOD LUCK WITH THE SHOT, RICK! Oh, my, I hope you find some relief! I've had poison ivy several times so I feel your pain!

Anonymous said...

where can I get seeds of this vine?

Sheryl Smith-Rodgers said...

You know, I don't know. It just grows "wild" around here.

Audrey TX Gardener said...

I live on Lake Ray Hubbard & this vine grows wild on my back porch. Being an avid gardener I've found I'm allergic to most grasses & vines. I heard coconut oil was good for your skin so I tried it one day. To my amazement it completely stops itching & every rash I've encountered from being outside. It also makes mosquito bites stop hurting, with the bite whelp disappearing completely within a couple of hours! I told a friend who gets poison ivy from taking her dog to the park. She has been equally surprised that it reduces the redness, bumps & itch very quickly, never allowing it to progress any further! I use an organic coconut oil I get for cooking (from Herb Mart in Mesquite).

Sheryl Smith-Rodgers said...

Hmmm, interesting heads up. I'll have to try some. Thanks!

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