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PlantFiles: Jackson Vine
Smilax smallii

Family: Smilacaceae
Genus: Smilax (SMIL-aks) (Info)
Species: smallii (SMAL-ee-eye) (Info)

5 members have or want this plant for trade.

Vines and Climbers

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

Unknown - Tell us

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us


2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral chopper100 On May 9, 2014, chopper100 from Guntersville, AL wrote:

I planted this vine's tuber last spring (2013) ,, and it has just now started showing signs of life (May 2014) ,, i was told by someone that had years of experience with this vine, not to give up on it if it did not grow the first year .. and it did not .. hoping to train it over my front porch walk way

Positive mammascowboy On May 15, 2012, mammascowboy from Nashville, TN wrote:

grows very well in Nashville Tn.

question though is when cut back can you root from the cut back vine pieces?

Neutral Pillita On Aug 30, 2008, Pillita from Keystone Heights, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

I tolerate this vine because the birds so love the berries, bluebirds especially.

Positive ledonna On Feb 6, 2006, ledonna from Albertville, AL wrote:

This plant grows well in Albertville,Ala, it is a climer and has berries, not sure of the bloom yet, lovely ever green. I am in the process of propagating it now. If you have more info. please let me know.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Albertville, Alabama (2 reports)
Decatur, Alabama
Guntersville, Alabama
Helena, Alabama
Huntsville, Alabama
Madison, Alabama
New Market, Alabama
Keystone Heights, Florida
Pensacola, Florida
Corinth, Mississippi
Oxford, Mississippi
Raleigh, North Carolina
Humboldt, Tennessee
Loretto, Tennessee
Beaumont, Texas

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