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Smilax spp.

Perennial – Sun to shade
Height: High-climbing
Spread: 25 feet or more

HABIT:  Flowers from February to June. Black berries in September and October. Woody vine with strong, thorny stems from large underground tubers. Leaves are tardily deciduous and sometimes white-blotched.

CULTURE:  Grow without your help.

USES:  Deer like it. The new tender growth is delicious in salads.

PROBLEMS:  A weedy pest for most folks. Control by digging out the woody underground tubers.


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