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Chinese Yam

Photo of Chinese yam showing leaves and bulbils
Dioscorea oppositifolia (sometimes called D. batatas)
Similar to kudzu, Chinese yam is an aggressive vine that overtakes nearly everything within reach that stands still long enough! Learn more about this invasive plant—and please don’t plant it! More

Chinese Yam (Bulbils and Leaves)

Photo of Chinese yam showing leaves and bulbils
New vines quickly sprout from the bulbils of Chinese yam. These drop off the vine and are carried to new locations by water or rodents or in topsoil moved for construction purposes. Even a small piece of a bulbil will sprout into a new vine, the way a small piece of a potato can create a new plant. The bulbils can overwinter and form new vines in spring. More

Chinese Yam (Bulbils)

Photo of Chinese yam vine showing bulbils
Although Chinese yam is not known to produce seed in the United States, it produces bulbils, which resemble tiny Irish potatoes and are not technically fruits, in the leaf axils. More

Chinese Yam (Leaves)

Photo of a pair of Chinese yam leaves
The leaves of Chinese yam are usually opposite (sometimes alternate toward branch tips), green, with 7-9 parallel veins, fiddle-shaped or heart-shaped, with pointed tip and two lobes near the base of the leaf. More

Chinese Yam (New Growth)

Photo of Chinese yam plant showing young foliage
The new growth of Chinese yam often has a reddish coloration at the base of the leaves. More

Chinese Yam Infestation

Photo of large mound of Chinese yam vines
Similar to kudzu, Chinese yam is an aggressive vine that overtakes nearly everything within reach that stands still long enough! Learn more about this invasive plant—and please don’t plant it! More

Climbing False Buckwheat

Photo of climbing false buckwheat plants mounded along a roadside.
Climbing false buckwheat is a rampant annual or perennial climber that often forms curtainlike masses of twining red stems, covering shrubs and trees. Look for it in moist, open or shaded bottomlands, alluvial valleys, and floodplains. More

Climbing False Buckwheat (Crested Buckwheat)

Photo of climbing false buckwheat leaves and stems.
Fallopia scandens (formerly Polygonum scandens)
Climbing false buckwheat is a rampant annual or perennial climber that often forms curtainlike masses of twining red stems, covering shrubs and trees. Look for it in moist, open or shaded bottomlands, alluvial valleys, and floodplains. More

Climbing False Buckwheat (Crested Buckwheat) Foliage

Photo of climbing false buckwheat leaves and stems.
Climbing false buckwheat drapes its masses of twining red stems and ovate to heart-shaped leaves over trees and shrubs. The stems can be more than 16 feet long, but in masses like this you would have a hard time isolating one to measure its length! It is common statewide in open, disturbed areas. More

Closed Gentian (Bottle Gentian)

Photo of closed gentian flowers
Closed gentian, a wildflower of moist prairies, never opens—it stays closed and budlike throughout the pollination process. How is it pollinated? Bumblebees push their way into the flowers! More