I had to really dig down deep in my poor botanical brain to figure this one out.
But judging by the leaves and growth habit, it looked like a greenbriar (Smilax), but it isn't.
I have another of the 21 species of greenbriar in my backyard, but it has small, green inconspicuous blooms.
This species is hardly that!
It also has a sweet fragrance at night and most of the day.
I'm glad she didn't whack it down; a thought that would cross most people's minds.
If you are familiar with this species, please DO TELL !
I've been on the Texas A&M website and can't track it down.
It is thornless and has smaller leaves than most greenbriars. Thankfully, I have some garden blog friends that
ended the mystery. Read comments after you've taken a guess. Hint: It has some very fancy, colorful family members.
Happy Wildflower Day!
or should I say Vineflower Day! :-)
Thanks to Gail at Clay and Limestone for this great idea. You can find her on my Garden Blog Favorites sidebar.