Plant ID forum: Carrion Flower (Smilax herbacea)

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Name: Kim
Iowa (Zone 5a)
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Chillybean
Jul 29, 2015 9:28 AM CST
I just want to doubly make sure because there are no photos yet for this plant. There are no thorns, so not a briar. I found this at a cemetery last year and it is my only photo. I have the original, so if you need a close up of a leaf or something I could do this.


I brought home a cluster of berries, in hopes to get some to germinate. I think only one did. I have a photo on the camera that I will have ID'ed to make sure its the same thing. The insects really chewed up the leaves, though. I'd like to have this growing near the front door to deter unwanted visitors. Hilarious!

Thank you very much.

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froggardener
Jul 29, 2015 2:46 PM CST
It sure looks like it to me, Smiling
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Helen Mirren
Kentucky 😔 (Zone 6a)
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Swayback
Jul 30, 2015 8:35 PM CST
I have a nice wild smilax, I think it's the herbacea, or a very similar one.
It REALLY looks like asparagus when first bolting!
Took me a good bit of work to ID, but it was a rewarding journey!
It's edible, the shoots, the roots the new growth, cooked and raw.
It's a source for wild sarsaparilla and root beer, on and on!

I've even read that many of the first prospectors from the old world, identified smilax and gensing as the 2 main potential plants to haven't for sale to the orient, but the unpredictable root of smilax proved too hard to dig and find... Gensing is $300-$900 a pound, smilax is practically unknown, go figure.

I really like mine, in determined to propagate mine, the birds knick the berries before I can...
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Name: Kim
Iowa (Zone 5a)
I kill ornamentals... on purpose.
Enjoys or suffers cold winters Spiders! Critters Allowed Birds Houseplants I helped beta test the first seed swap
Region: Nebraska Keeper of Poultry Rabbit Keeper Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Procrastinator Garden Ideas: Level 2
Chillybean
Jul 31, 2015 8:59 AM CST
Thank you for the replies. :)

The one that germinated in a pot... it looks to be English plantain by the looks of the little shoot thingie coming up. Bummer. I'd like to order a couple of the plants, but it is one of those that need a male and a female plant to produce berries.
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Swayback
Aug 1, 2015 7:25 AM CST
Mine has berries, I don't think they are anywhere near ready though.
I have no idea where any more plants are, I haven't double checked but I was thinking that they have make and female flowers on each plant... I might be way off...
I'll pay closer attention to the berries this year.
No one Ive shown the plant to is impressed with it, so I've not bothered a whole lot...
I could probably pass some along in the fall.
I'm pretty sure that you can dig a chunk of root and bring that home and it'll grow, but I guess heading to the cemetery with a shovel and Maddox might be pushing it...
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