One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An Asian climbing plant of the dock family, with long clusters of white or pink flowers, which is sometimes cultivated as a fast-growing screening plant.
Fallopia baldschuanica, family Polygonaceae
- ‘We purchased six Russian vine plants (two for Blackpool, the rest for London).’
- ‘On an impulse (always a mistake), I planted a mile a minute Russian vine which I thought might fill the bill until the pyracantha gets going.’
- ‘Chris now feels able to go ten-pin bowling, work out in the gym - albeit with due care and consideration for his body - jog and do battle with the rampant Russian vine whose mission it is to overrun his garden.’
- ‘They cut away the dead wood, the ivy, the Russian vine, leaving a nearly naked yew and Scots pine, which may well survive and regenerate.’
- ‘For added interest, Brenda has some clematis, honeysuckle, winter-flowering jasmine and Russian vine as climbers.’
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