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Smilax aspera 20-40cm

Smilax aspera 20-40cm

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Product Description

Smilax aspera, also known as Rough Bindweed or Sarsaparilla, is a perennial climbing vine native to Europe and the Mediterranean region. This plant belongs to the Smilacaceae family and is recognized for its tough, thorny stems and distinctive serrated leaves. The leaves are typically heart-shaped, dark green, and rough to the touch, with prominent veins. Smilax aspera produces small, greenish-white flowers in clusters and round, shiny, black berries in the fall. Historically, the root of this plant was used in traditional medicine and for flavoring beverages like sarsaparilla. While it can be cultivated, its thorny nature and tendency to spread through rhizomes make it a challenging plant to manage in gardens.


  1. Location: Smilax aspera is a hardy and adaptable vine that can grow in a variety of conditions. Plant it in a location where it can climb, such as along fences, trellises, or other support structures.

  2. Soil: These vines tolerate a wide range of soil types, including sandy, loamy, or clay soils. They prefer well-draining soil and can thrive in both acidic and alkaline conditions.

  3. Planting: Propagate Smilax aspera from seeds or by dividing the rhizomes in the spring or fall. Space multiple plants at least 2 to 3 feet apart to provide adequate room for growth.

  4. Watering: While these vines can withstand some drought once established, they benefit from regular watering, especially during dry spells or the establishment period.

  5. Fertilization: Smilax aspera generally does not require heavy fertilization. A balanced, slow-release fertilizer applied in the spring can promote healthy growth.

  6. Pruning: Pruning may be necessary to control the vine's size and shape. Be cautious when handling it due to its thorny stems.

  7. Pests and Diseases: These vines are relatively pest and disease-resistant, but occasional issues with aphids or powdery mildew may occur. Monitor your plants and take appropriate measures if necessary.

  8. Support Structures: Provide suitable support structures like trellises or wires for the vines to climb. Ensure that they are securely fastened to prevent damage to nearby plants or structures.

  9. Invasive Potential: Smilax aspera has the potential to spread vigorously through its rhizomes and can become challenging to manage in garden settings. Be cautious when introducing it to your landscape.

  10. Alternative Plants: In regions where Smilax aspera is considered invasive or too aggressive, consider planting alternative climbing plants that are better behaved and less likely to become a nuisance.

Smilax aspera, the Rough Bindweed or Sarsaparilla, can be cultivated but requires careful management due to its thorny nature and invasive potential. It can add a unique and wild charm to your garden, but it's important to be aware of its growth habits and take appropriate measures to control it if necessary.

IMPORTANT: Please be aware that picture 1 show adult plant not for sale, the offer is for a plant in the dimension indicated in title description.

Please be aware that most plants change across seasons. For example, some of them will naturally lose leaves or change in colour during colder months. Do not hesitate to contact us for further informations about the plants of your interest.


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Plant height: 20-40cm

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