This. It's to the right of the agave (photo above) and just over the strappy agapanthus foliage. Can you make out what it is? A passiflora shoot—a few leaves and those tiny tendrils that help it grab a hold of things and climb. But where did it come from?
The nearest passionflowers are about 4 feet away, on that trellis.
There's Passiflora 'Snow Queen" with distinctive, deeply lobed leaves. They're this same shape even when small.
And Passiflora 'Sunburst', with it's obvious lighter green stripes.
Stepping back and looking "big picture" there are a couple other passionflowers on at the trunk of the trachycarpus (palm) growing against the neighbor's garage, some 16-ish ft away. Could one really have traveled that far?
On the trellis is another P. 'Snow Queen', but climbing up the palm is P. lutea. Some of its leaves have sharper lobes, like you can see here.
But there are others with small rounded edges.
Could it be? I should also mention I've not had any of these plants fruit in my garden, so this isn't a seedy situation, it has to be spreading from underground runners. Looking up Passiflora lutea online I read "with the ability to sprout from its spreading root system it is a potentially suckering vine but is said to not be aggressive." That's when I remembered stories of fighting this vine, and it's desire to take over, as shared by Les at A Tidewater Gardener... and then I remembered that I'd planted a second P. lutea in another spot, about 8 ft from where the mystery vine is coming up. However it hadn't appeared there for a couple of years. Maybe because it was spending all of its energy working it's way underground? Oh my. To be continued...
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