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My dad has his plants at home and one of them includes a running plant. I'm not sure what the name of the plant is, but I think it's cool. That plant continues to grow and run along the walls, attaching itself to it. We would sometimes have to peel it off the wall and trim the leaves; it actually has quite a grip on the wall. Do you own a running plant?
 
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The only plants I have right now that that can spread that way are herbs. They don't climb the walls the way you described, I think only Ivy and vining plants do that. I have mint and thyme though, and the spread like ground cover if you don't properly control them. Most of my plants are in pots and live outdoors so I don't have to worry about them taking over the rooms of my home.
 
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My dad has his plants at home and one of them includes a running plant. I'm not sure what the name of the plant is, but I think it's cool. That plant continues to grow and run along the walls, attaching itself to it. We would sometimes have to peel it off the wall and trim the leaves; it actually has quite a grip on the wall. Do you own a running plant?


As I live in a Mediterranean Country I don't have any 'running plants' , because, they all seem to have a bit of a 'Manaña' attitude.:D

Seriously though, am not very keen on plants that run and prefer mine to be reasonably compact, they can stray a bit, but only where I want them too - if they get too carried away or stray where I don't want them to be, they either get cut back or dug up.

Your Dads plant sounds very much like it belongs to the Ivy family, but on the other hand as it runs along walls and attaches itself to everything, I think the plant name you may be looking for is a 'Triffid' :)
 
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Unfortunately no, we don't grow any 'running plants'. We used to have a beautiful, enormous ivy, but my parents decided to cut it off. I'm pretty sure that they wouldn't let me plant any other climbers, because, according to them, it may damage the walls:rolleyes:
I'll plant some climbers when I move out!:D
 
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As I live in a Mediterranean Country I don't have any 'running plants' , because, they all seem to have a bit of a 'Manaña' attitude.:D

Seriously though, am not very keen on plants that run and prefer mine to be reasonably compact, they can stray a bit, but only where I want them too - if they get too carried away or stray where I don't want them to be, they either get cut back or dug up.

Your Dads plant sounds very much like it belongs to the Ivy family, but on the other hand as it runs along walls and attaches itself to everything, I think the plant name you may be looking for is a 'Triffid' :)

I don't like running plants either, they're too much work to maintain for me. I just looked up the plant 'Triffid', the plant that my dad has looks nothing like that. It looks more like a vine; the plants that I see actually look quite frightening to me, oh my, I don't think that I'd want that plant in my home. :ROFLMAO:
 
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After having read the book and seen the film 'The Day of the Triffids' many years ago, am very relieved to hear, that your Dads plant bears no relation to a 'Triffid' and that its looks more like an Ivy :D

With that in mind, I have to say, every summer, I always have a few scary moments, when the squash plants take off and start growing a metre or so a day.:D
 
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I have ivy that was trained on wire fencing. I have to trim it back to the bare bones/ stems once a year with a hedger. Looks awful for about ten days and then is gorgeous again. If it gets into the trees it will root right into the bark.
 
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I have had trumpet vines and grape ivy that would litterally crawl along and stick to a cinder block wall in my rear yard. The trumpet vine would grow incredible fast and move on and grow between the fence posts. I hated to cut it back but it was quite a bit to conrol.

The only other thing I can think of that ran wild was morning glory that shot out so many vines. When I cut it back it was like coiling rope vines in an old Tarzan movie.
 
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After having read the book and seen the film 'The Day of the Triffids' many years ago, am very relieved to hear, that your Dads plant bears no relation to a 'Triffid' and that its looks more like an Ivy :D

With that in mind, I have to say, every summer, I always have a few scary moments, when the squash plants take off and start growing a metre or so a day.:D

My dad's plant has beautiful leaves on it, it can't be as evil as it appears :ROFLMAO:
Scary moments? Are you frightened of plants that run like vines? Some of them are pretty cool to see how they grow wild and twist and turn around certain objects.
 
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LOL it could be the devil in disguise :D no seriously, I'm sure your dads plant is not all evil, especially as its beautiful.

Was only joking - no I'm not really scared of plants that run like vines, its just become a joke each year, when the squash grow around a meter in length every day, quickly smothering everything in their path, that they resemble something that should belong in the film 'The Day of The Triffids'. :D
 
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LOL it could be the devil in disguise :D no seriously, I'm sure your dads plant is not all evil, especially as its beautiful.

Was only joking - no I'm not really scared of plants that run like vines, its just become a joke each year, when the squash grow around a meter in length every day, quickly smothering everything in their path, that they resemble something that should belong in the film 'The Day of The Triffids'. :D

Oh no, evil plants! It is very beautiful indeed, maybe I'll take a picture of it and post it here if I remember. :oops: I really like the texture on the leaves and the colour is always a vibrant green when I see it. I've never see that movie, but that's pretty funny. I guess it's the big bully in your garden; seems like it has a mind of its own. :p
 
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As I said before, am sure almost sure that, your dads plant is not the devil in disguise:D and with all you've told me about it and how beautiful you say it is - would really love to see a picture of it.
Think I've said this before, but I do like, as you call them running plants, but only in other peoples gardens, and that really is, only because I like low maintenance plants and especially those with bold striking flowers and foliage :)
After all this discussion about Triffids, think that would be a great idea, to either read the book or watch the film 'The Day of the Triffids' so that you too, could have a laugh every time you came a cross a 'running plant', that was running a bit faster than it should :D
 
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The Morning Glory is a beautiful plant, a plant that likes to grow on a trelis, up the side of your house or wall.

Most people that have ivy in their yards allow the ivy to grow up the side of the house and think it is pretty. The ivy is doing damage to the house when it is allowed to grow. It can cause damage to the gutters, the foundation and siding. As a public adjuster, when I see plants growing on the property like that I suggest the homeowner remove the plants.
 

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