I found this shoot growing in northern NJ USA. It seemed to pop up and grow fast, as I don't remember seeing it a couple of days ago. It's already about a foot tall.

It's growing in a partially shaded area right next to a vining plant. The leaves are an odd shape and the stems are dark.

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  • Looks vaguely like a peony.
    – Ecnerwal
    Jun 2, 2015 at 23:16
  • @Ecnerwal it's near some peonies but doesn't look like them. Also didn't grow up red like my peonies. The stems behind it are from a clematis and it doesn't look like those either. Jun 3, 2015 at 2:53
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    – sborsher
    Jun 8, 2015 at 20:01
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    Maybe your Clematis was grafted on the root system of another variety. Sometimes, the roots can grow new stems of their own, and suddenly you got two different plants sharing the same roots.
    – GolezTrol
    Sep 14, 2015 at 7:21

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I would guess that this 'weed' is a basal shoot from that large vine (which is some Clematis cultivar). You can see the fallen petals on the ground in the picture. Basal shoots are often different in color and form than top growth.

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