Wild Sarsaparilla Vine, Cat Greenbrier
Smilax glauca

Family: Smilacaceae
Genus: Smilax (SMIL-aks) (Info)
Species: glauca (GLAW-kuh) (Info)

Category:

Perennials

Vines and Climbers

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

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Height:

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Spacing:

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Hardiness:

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

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)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Danger:

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Bloom Color:

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Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Foliage:

Evergreen

Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

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Seed Collecting:

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Regional

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

Birmingham, Alabama

Oldsmar, Florida

Monroe, Georgia

Croton On Hudson, New York

Greencastle, Pennsylvania

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Aug 21, 2015, Ted_B from Birmingham, AL (Zone 8a) wrote:

This thorny vine is a frequently encountered inhabitant of moist to dry mesic forests in the southeastern US. It has a fairly rapid rate of growth, and latches onto any shrub it can grab. Mature specimens form tubers which are edible, but are mostly regarded as famine food. Grown on a fence, it may as well be nature's equivalent of razor ribbon. While easily controlled with a weed eater, don't even think about attempting this while wearing shorts.