Rent Shop Volunteer Join

Q. Who is Mr. Smarty Plants?

A: There are those who suspect Wildflower Center volunteers are the culpable and capable culprits. Yet, others think staff members play some, albeit small, role. You can torture us with your plant questions, but we will never reveal the Green Guru's secret identity.

Help us grow by giving to the Plant Database Fund or by becoming a member

Did you know you can access the Native Plant Information Network with your web-enabled smartphone?

Share

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants is a free service provided by the staff and volunteers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Search Smarty Plants
See a list of all Smarty Plants questions

Please forgive us, but Mr. Smarty Plants has been overwhelmed by a flood of mail and must take a break for awhile to catch up. We hope to be accepting new questions again soon. Thank you!

Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.

 
rate this answer
Not Yet Rated

Thursday - October 27, 2005

From: Inverness, FL
Region: Southeast
Topic: Deer Resistant
Title: Safely killing Paedeeria cruddasiana Prain (sewer vine)
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

Is there anyway to safely kill Paederia cruddasiana Prain (sewer vine)? Thank you!

ANSWER:

The safest method to use to kill sewer vine (Paederia cruddasiana) is to take it out by hand by cutting it down and digging up its roots. Depending on how much you have, this could be a formidable task; and it will take vigilance to keep it at bay.

Chemical control is another option. The recommendation for chemical control of a similar species,Skunkvine (P. foetida), by the University of Florida, IFAS Extension is the use of herbicides containing trichlopyr compounds (trichlopyr amine or trichlopyr ester) or imazapic. The oral toxicity for humans is reported to be low for imazapic and moderate for the triclopyr compounds. And, although the ecological and environmental effects for both triclopyr and imazapic are minimal, they are not zero. Vegetation supporting the vine and nearby vegetation are especially at risk. IFAS Extension of the University of Florida has an excellent paper, "Control of Non-native Plants in Natural Areas of Florida", discussing various control methods for invasive plants in Florida.

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center does not take a stand on the use of chemical herbicides and pesticides other than to urge that the utmost of care and caution should be exercised by those who choose to use them.
 

More Deer Resistant Questions

Evergreen Privacy Screen for Maryland
November 19, 2012 - I am looking for an evergreen that will suffice to be planted as a privacy screen between my property and my neighbors. Looking to plant a row at the property line. The lot is shaded most of the d...
view the full question and answer

Deer resistant groundcovers in Georgetown, TX
May 20, 2009 - Is silver ponyfoot inviting deer into the yard? What are good alternatives, deer resistant, for large areas of groundcover, 100-200 sq. ft.?
view the full question and answer

Deer resistant wildflowers for Virginia
May 25, 2010 - Looking for deer-resistant native wild flowers for full-sun location in the Northern Neck of Virginia. We want to replace large area now grass lawn.
view the full question and answer

Deer resistant plants from New Braunfels TX
August 31, 2012 - I have a 1/2 yard covered by a tree, shady. Bermuda grass previous owner planted has all turned brown this summer. I don't have lots of money to work with but would love to landscape that side of fr...
view the full question and answer

Deer resistance of maple leaf viburnum in Austin
November 20, 2009 - Looking on the Texas Plant Information Database for Maple Leaf Viburnum, I donít find any information about deer (whitetail or axis, southern edge of Edwards Plateau) resistance. Other sites give mixe...
view the full question and answer

Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.