Smilax bona-nox L.

Saw Greenbrier, Catbrier

Family: Smilacaceae

Genus: Smilax

Category: Vine - Evergreen

Growth Rate: Fast

Exposure: Shade


Alternate leaves, to 5: long, 3 rounded lobes, mottled, shiny. Yellow-green flowers in late spring followed by dark blue-black berries in late summer, persisting through winter. Tendrils, stiff prickles.


Published in Sp. Pl. 2: 1030 in 1753.

Native to eastern and central US.


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