Cat-brier

Cat-brierSaw Greenbrier

Fiddle-leaf Greenbrier, China-brier, Bull-brier, Tramp’s-trouble, Stretch-berry, Cat-brier, Greenbrier, Fringed Greenbrier

Smilax bona-nox L.

Whole plant

Family : Liliaceae

Longevity : Perennial

Origin : Native

Season : Cool

Greenbrier is a thorny vine that grows in thickets, along roadsides and in dry woods of the South Texas Plains and Edwards Plateau. The stem of the vine is very stout with whitish hairs and four-angled. The leaves are 1 1/2 to 4 1/2 inches long and 2/3 to 3 inches wide. The spines are solid and are dark green or black. The small flowers bloom from April to June. The black fruit is a good source of food for many species of birds and matures in September to November.

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