Smilax herbacea L.

Carrion Flower, Jacob's-ladder

Family: Smilacaceae

Genus: Smilax

Category: Vine

Size: To 8' long.


Upright climbing vine with green flowers in spring to summer followed by dark blue-black fruit. Leaves alternate, simple, entire, to 2.5" long.


Native to eastern Canada, eastern and central US.

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


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