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Old 02-10-2009, 03:03 PM   #1
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Does anyone have any experience with this plant? A friend gave me a few tubers of groundnut last fall, and I hope they come up!
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Old 02-10-2009, 04:29 PM   #2
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Very nice! Will that be going in the toddler's garden?
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Old 02-10-2009, 04:38 PM   #3
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Potentially. I have them planted elsewhere in the garden at the moment, but I'm thinking of moving them after they come up, if they do.

I am a bit stunned at how much the above site is charging for them - $10 a nut! Does anyone happen to know of another source?
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Old 02-10-2009, 04:41 PM   #4
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There are wild ones along the edge of my garden, but only a very few came up last year, so I left them alone. I just hope I didn't kill off a population building my beds (they weren't up when the beds were dug).
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http://www.wetlandsupplies.com/index...t_detail&p=122

$1.38 each
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Old 02-10-2009, 05:33 PM   #6
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Squeeeeeeee! Thank you Biig!
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Bumping this up, as I'm looking for a shorter/smaller size native vine to screen something and looking into Apios Americana.

I read a couple comments that it can 'take over', but what exactly does that mean?

Anyone have any experience?
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I've got it. I don't know how it ended up with the common name of "ground nut" since it's a climber. It's a vine. I've never seen it take over. That doesn't mean it couldn't.... just that I've never seen it do it. I don't think it would be a great screen plant unless you added other native vines. Two bonuses to this plant would be that it's a host to the Silver-spotted Skipper and the flowers. The flowers have an exotic feel to them. It's hard to describe but they're pink and remind me of snail shells.
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Old 07-03-2010, 10:57 PM   #9
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I guess it got the name "ground nut" from the edible tubers - here are some pictures on the 'net. It was a common food in colonial times.

I think this planted as a screen looks great - in this picture it's growing over a wire mesh fence, at the native plant garden in Acadia National Park.

Check out the huge winterberry hollies, and the sarsaparilla near the ground that has turned color (taken in September)
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Old 07-03-2010, 11:12 PM   #10
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The flowers do look kind of like shells.
Sorry, fuzzy pictures.
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