Carrion Flower (Smilax herbacea)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Vine
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 7b
Plant Height: 8 to 10 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Other: Small, dark blue to purple berries
Flowers: Showy
Malodorous
Flower Color: Green
Other: Green to Yellowish-green
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Taproot
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Birds
Butterflies
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Pollinators: Beetles
Flies
Bees
Miscellaneous: Dioecious
Goes Dormant

Berries and leaves

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Comments:
Posted by mellielong (Lutz, Florida - Zone 9b) on Apr 23, 2015 11:25 AM

In "How to Know the Wildflowers" (1922) by Mrs. William Starr Dana, the author quotes Thoreau as likening its odor to that of "a dead rat in the wall". The author notes that it is unfortunate that such a handsome plant is so handicapped by the foul odor of its flowers which appear in June. However, the plant really shines in autumn when the dark berries and deeply tinted leaves can be seen along roadsides and in woods and meadows. The plant is a near relation to common green-brier (S. rotundifolia) which can be distinguished by its prickly stem.

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