Cat’s claw vine (Dolichandra unguis-cati) is one of the most invasive and destructive vines in the New Orleans area. Its name comes from its tendrils with three claw-like hooks. Showy golden yellow flowers appear in spring just as the weather turns warm.
Scholarly article by Travis Bost about Lester Carey and the cat’s claw covered house on South Saratoga Street:
Everyday Imaged Nature: Making ‘Ruin’ in New Orleans, Louisiana, February 2015
Anthony DelRosario, NOLA ‘Nacular