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Smilax glauca - Walter.                
                 
Common Name Cat Greenbrier
Family Smilacaceae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Dry to moist sandy thickets, open woods and fields[43]. Dry to wet woods, thickets, hedge- rows, roadsides from sea level to 800 metres[270].
Range South-eastern N. America - New England to Florida, west to Texas and Indiana.
Edibility Rating  
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

Summary       

Physical Characteristics       
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Smilax glauca is an evergreen Climber growing to 5 m (16ft 5in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 4. It is in leaf 12-Jan It is in flower in June. The flowers are dioecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but only one sex is to be found on any one plant so both male and female plants must be grown if seed is required)The plant is not self-fertile.
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 dry or moist soil.

Synonyms
Smilax glauca Cat Greenbrier


Smilax glauca Cat Greenbrier
USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. Vol. 1
   
Habitats
Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade;
Edible Uses                                         
Edible Parts: Leaves;  Root.
Edible Uses:

Root - cooked[161, 257]. It can be boiled and made into a jelly or dried and ground into a powder then used with cereals when making bread etc[61, 105, 159]. Young shoots in spring - raw or cooked[159].
Medicinal Uses


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Birthing aid;  Poultice;  Rubefacient.

The stem prickles have been rubbed on the skin as a counter-irritant to relieve localised pains, muscle cramps and twitching[222]. A tea made from the leaves and stems has been used in the treatment of rheumatism and stomach problems[222]. The wilted leaves are applied as a poultice to boils[222, 257]. A tea made from the roots is used to help the expelling of afterbirth[222]. Reports that the roots contain the hormone testosterone have not been confirmed, they might contain steroid precursors, however[222].
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details                                         
Succeeds in most soils in sun or semi-shade[200]. Hardy to at least -20°c[200]. A vigorous plant, it can be grown through trees or shrubs or over tree stumps[200]. Dioecious. Male and female plants must be grown if seed is required.
                                                                                 
Propagation                                         
Seed - sow March in a warm greenhouse[1]. This note probably refers to the tropical members of the genus, seeds of plants from cooler areas seem to require a period of cold stratification, some species taking 2 or more years to germinate[K]. We sow the seed of temperate species in a cold frame as soon as we receive it, and would sow the seed as soon as it is ripe if we could obtain it then[K]. When the seedlings eventually germinate, prick them out into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first year, though we normally grow them on in pots for 2 years. Plant them out into their permanent positions in early summer. Division in early spring as new growth begins[238]. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found it best to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in a lightly shaded position in a cold frame, planting them out once they are well established in the summer. Cuttings of half-ripe shoots, July in a frame[238].
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Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Smilax asperaSarsaparilla, Rough bindweed33
Smilax auriculataEarleaf Greenbrier22
Smilax bona-noxGreenbriar, Saw greenbrier, Dunes saw greenbrier32
Smilax chinaChina Root43
Smilax cordifolia 10
Smilax discotis 10
Smilax glabratufuling23
Smilax glyciphyllaSarsparilla11
Smilax herbaceaCarrion Flower, Smooth carrionflower41
Smilax hispidaHag Briar22
Smilax lanceifolia 21
Smilax laurifoliaLaurel Greenbrier32
Smilax nipponica 32
Smilax pseudochinaFalse China Root32
Smilax riparia 20
Smilax rotundifoliaHorse Brier, Roundleaf greenbrier, Brambles32
Smilax sieboldii 10
Smilax tamnoidesBristly Greenbrier22
Smilax trinervula 10
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