Polygonum scandens (climbing buckwheat, climbing knotweed, hedge smartweed, bindweed, winged bindweed)

description: herbaceous perennial vine

place of origin: eastern North America

urban habitat:
can thrive in wide range of soil types and in full sun or shade; commonly found climbing on chain link fences and through cultivated shrubs.

ecological function: disturbance-adapted colonizer of bare ground.

history: Although native to North America, Polygonum scandens is often considered to be a weed due to its tendency to spread quickly over cultivated plants.