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Greenbriar




GREENBRIAR
 
Smilax spp.
SMIL-laks    

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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