Those red vines with the thorns that you’re seeing in your yard can be Dewberry stems.
Dewberry is a thorny, red-stemmed plant that’s native to the southeastern United States. It grows in areas with sandy soil and is most common along roadsides and in fields.
The plant gets its name from its thorny stems, which are covered with small red thorns. These stems are woody and have a greenish color when they first emerge from the ground in springtime. As they get older, they turn brown and become more rigid.
Dewberry grows in dense clusters of vines that can reach up to 15 feet long! The vines spread out horizontally along the ground, where they root themselves into the soil as well as climb up other plants and trees to reach sunlight at higher points on their journey towards maturity.
Dewberry has small green leaves that grow alternately along its vine-like stems—one leaf per node along each stem segment (a node is where a leaf attaches to its stem).
The plant grows fast, which is why it’s so common in yards and gardens. It’s easy to identify because it grows in clusters, so you’ll see multiple vines with thorns growing from one spot.
The best way to get rid of Dewberry is to pull up the entire plant with its roots attached.
Why Are There Red Vines With Thorns?
If you’re like most people, you’ve probably seen red vines with thorns growing in your yard or along the side of the road. You might have also gotten pricked by one—and that can be painful!
These little guys are called Dewberry and they’re very common in areas with sandy soil. They thrive along roadsides and in fields, and they should be removed as soon as you spot them because they can prick you.
How Do You Get Rid Of These Red Vines With Thorns?
If you’ve got a patch of Dewberry growing on your property, here’s how you can get rid of it for good.
- The best way to get rid of Dewberry is to pull up the entire plant with its roots attached—the roots are what hold the plant together, so if you don’t get them all, it’ll just come back again and again!
- If the plant is large or you’re having trouble finding all of its roots, use a shovel or other digging tool (like an axe) to loosen up the soil around the base of the plant so that you can pull it out more easily.
- Once you’ve pulled out as much of the root system as possible, fill in any holes with dirt so they don’t become new homes for other weeds or plants like Dewberry!
Alternatively, you can mow down the plants when they’re young and soft enough so that their leaves don’t have time to develop thorns.
The longer you wait, however, the more likely it is that the plants will start growing thorns on their leaves and stems.