Smilax is an extremely vigorous plant with pinkish bamboo-like vines bearing small thorns. Leaves vary by species and may be lance, heart shaped or oblong, shiny and leathery. It has thick knobby, white roots and bears tiny insignificant flowers.


Can you eat Smilax berries? In addition to its medicinal potential, Smilax can be made into numerous recipes. The young shoots are excellent eaten raw or as you would asparagus. Berries are delicious raw or cooked into a jam or jelly. Roots can be ground and dried and used like flour.

is Smilax vine poisonous?

Whichever Smilax species it might be, I could find no entry in any toxic plant database for any species in the genus Smilax. The Botanical Dermatology Database lists the only possible injury from any Smilax species as being a mechanical injury from the thorns.

What will kill Smilax? The best time to use Trimec is while Smilax is young and actively growing. Spray or paint the herbicide on the foliage or on cut ends of the plants immediately after mowing or cutting them down. More than one application may be necessary, but do not broadcast spray more than twice per year.

where does Smilax vine grow?

Smilax rotundifolia, also known as roundleaf greenbrier or common greenbrier, is a woody vine native to the southeastern and eastern United States and eastern Canada. It is a common and conspicuous part of the natural forest ecosystems in much of its native range.

What is Green Briar? Greenbriar is a census-designated place in Fairfax County, Virginia, United States. The population as of the 2010 census was 8,166. The community between Fairfax City and Chantilly dates from the late 1960s, when it was developed by Levitt & Sons.

how do you grow Smilax?

Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

How do you control Smilax? Smilax can be controlled with some broadleaf herbicides, but repeated applications will be necessary. The best time to apply herbicides is in the early spring when the first leaves appear. Once all the leaves return, smilax can be difficult to identify and control hidden the all the greenery common in Wakulla County.

What is Smilax used for?

Smilax aristolochiifolia root has extensive medicinal uses. As the traditional medicine, it is used to treat leprosy, tumors, cancer, psoriasis and rheumatism. It is also used as tonic for anemia and skin diseases.

What's the difference between a blackberry and a dewberry? Blackberries are slightly sweeter and less acidic than dewberries; dewberries are larger and usually ripen a week to 10 sooner than blackberries. Dewberry seeds are also larger and tougher than those found in blackberries.

How do briars spread?

1) It is non native and invasive. 2) once established, and this happens quickly, it is very difficult to remove. 3) It spreads easily both by underground roots and by birds spreading the seeds. These roots are deep and hard to dig up.

How do you kill Catbrier?

Spray the vine with a 10% solution of glyphosate. Leave it alone for two days, then cut it back to ground level. Burn the vine to get rid of it; don't put it in your compost pile. If small plants re-sprout where you killed the larger vine, spray them with the solution when they are 6 inches (15 cm.)

Are briar roots edible?

Since then I have learned that the roots contain starch and are edible as well. The tips and shoots are similar to asparagus in nature when picking them… the most edible parts can be easily snapped off by hand. If it is resistant, move farther out to the end until it snaps off easily.

Can you eat briar roots?

You can eat any soft, tender portion of the plant (stem, leaves, and tendrils). These above ground portions of the plant can all be eaten raw, the leaves and tendrils can also be cooked like spinach, and the vines can cooked like asparagus. Track the thickest vines back to their buried tubers.

Where do briars grow?

Sweet briar often invades unimproved grasslands and disturbed bushland. It prefers well-drained areas of moderate fertility with little competition and light grazing. The weed can grow on most soil types. Generally, it is confined to areas in NSW with an annual rainfall greater than 600 mm.

Are saw briars poisonous?

Poison ivy causes a severe skin reaction for many people who make contact with the oil in its leaves and stems. This makes it even more difficult to control. Several species of greenbrier are native to Georgia, but one of the more common ones has prickly thorns.

What are briar berries?

Briar berry. Briar berries was any of several varieties of native Safeholdian berries which grow on thorny bushes. (

What is Jackson vine?

Jackson Vine. Smilax smallii, also known as Jackson vine, is the updated botanical name for Smilax lanceolata. This is the best species of greenbrier for homeowner use, as the thorns on this evergreen vine appear only around its base near the ground and not along the stems and branches that twine.

Is Smilax a monocot or dicot?

For instance, Smilax aspera (Smilaceae) which is a monocot but its leaves resembles those of a Dicot. Monocots do not have leaves like these….. but this plant is a Monocot and have leaves similar to a Dicot. Vanilla planifolia (Orchidaceae) is also a Dicot-looking Monocot.