Smilax bona-nox L.

Saw Greenbrier, Catbrier


Family: Smilacaceae

Genus: Smilax

Category: Vine - Evergreen

Growth Rate: Fast

Exposure: Shade

Description: 

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.

History: 

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

Native to eastern and central US.

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