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Smilax Genus

Cat brier

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • WaterMoist

Description

Smilax genus (Cat brier). This genus consists of about 200 species of deciduous or evergreen, woody stemmed or herbaceous, scrambling climbers. The leaves are small, fragrant and elliptical. The flowers are small and white in racemes, followed by small red, bluish-black berries.

Characteristics

Perennials, Deciduous or Evergreens

Other common names

Green brier

Interest and use

Grown for their flowers.

Cultivation

Grow in moist, well-drained soil in sun or light shade. Frost hardiness varies greatly with the species.

Propagation

Propagate from seed, layers, semi-ripe cuttings or by dividing well-established plants.

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