Vine Wednesday…

Japanese hopweed-Humulus japonicus-is a member of the hemp family and is native to Asia and tropical Asia-i.e. Vietnam with distribution in northeastern U.S.but also includes NE to ME.It is a herbaceous annual vine and climbs by twining growing 10′ ft. a year.Hop likes river banks and flood plains. Watch out for the leaves-prickles- and rough textured leaves.Hop is a tough plant and is considered invasive-blocking out sunlight and taking over trees and shrubs in it’s travels.Like a lot of plants it was imported as an ornamental but also used in Asian medicine.And true to it’s name it really does produce hops.

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pic by td and research from nps.gov

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