This is a very unusual looking plant which instantly took my eye. I like the beautiful shapes of the leaves and especially the large size and the transparency of the early flower culminating with the flower absorbing into the berry and still maintaining that special look until the end.
Today (13th August 2021) was nearer to the end that I was witnessing, the plants fully formed and growing up to about 12ft. I thought at first I had discovered why they call such a plant Black Bryony, why not! but what I always queried was why was it called Black when everything about it is "Green". So today I thought I had found the answer!
In front of me I saw the plant or maybe it was plants divide with the left train still maintaining its green which it had for most of the summer, but the right train was more dark or purple (not quite black), but maybe thats how it got the Black in it's title. (see photos below)
Sorry! but the answer is NO.. it has nothing whatsoever to do with the leaves turning darker, well thats according to a reference I found on the internet, which states - the plant is named "Black Bryony" from the part of the plant you cannot see which are its underground tubers which are up to 4" in length and these are a dark to black colour - hence the name.
And below is my photo's of this lovely plant starting from June and up to today 13th August 2021.
Note Green train of leaves off to the left and the Purple or Dark train of leaves off to the right
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