Invasive Black Swallow Wort: Control And ID

Black swallow wort vine with seed pods wrapped around a branch in front of a blue background

The black swallow wort plant is a vine native to Europe that has become invasive in parts of the U.S. It was intentionally brought here as an ornamental vine but now wreaks havoc in many ecosystems. Learn how to identify this problematic vine and control methods to help eradicate it from your area. Quick Facts about Black Swallow Wort: The Problem with Black Swallow Wort Black swallow wort vine has been declared invasive in much of the Midwest and Northeast U.S. Check with your local extension office to find out if it is a problem in your area. As with most invasive plants, the primary problem with black swallow wort is that it outcompetes native species. It does this in several ways, including by tolerating a variety of conditions. It grows in both sun and shade and tolerates a variety of soils. Black swallow wort also spreads and reproduces prolifically. […]

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