The Maypops of August

This summer our front fence has been overtaken by passion vine, Passiflora incarnata, a plant with leaves like creeping ragweed and a flower that looks like it was designed by some stoner in the Star Trek art department. It appeared seemingly out of nowhere, growing up from a spot of ground that had been occupied by an invasive china berry tree we removed late in the winter. The foliage in that zone between our fence and the street is the unregulated flora of an empty lot, which this once was, and it’s interesting to see what comes and goes, and what’s native and what’s exotic.

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