Wild Sarsaparilla

pdsavage(5/6)June 23, 2012

I have Wild Sarsaparilla growing all over my woods.

Is there any use for them and can I make Sarsaparilla with the roots?

They are very very thorny and some where taking over trees in the main yard.Ouch.....

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lycopus(z5 NY)

The native North American "wild sarsaparilla" doesn't have thorns and doesn't climb trees. Are you by chance referring to a species of greenbrier (Smilax spp.)?

    Bookmark   June 23, 2012 at 12:36PM
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Took a pic.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2012 at 2:36PM
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lycopus(z5 NY)

Looks like Smilax rotundifolia. Supposedly the young shoots are edible but you would want to confirm the identity before using it for food.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2012 at 3:47PM
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jimbobfeeny(5a IN)

Are greenbrier berries edible? We have tons of greenbrier at our farm climbing some wild cherry trees, and those clusters of berries look remarkably enticing.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2012 at 8:36PM
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this thread underscores the wisdom of referring to plants by their botanical names rather than their common/colloquial ones : )

    Bookmark   June 25, 2012 at 12:17PM
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Latin names confuse me.
Thank you everyone for clearing this up for me.Some of the pictures when I was trying to find out what this waswas showing it as Sarsaparilla.Thats why I called it Sarsaparilla,but now I know its a weed and will hack it down in the front.
I will leave it alone in the woods though.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2012 at 4:30PM
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the problem with common names is that they often refer to more than one plant and the plant it refers to may vary widely from place to place.

each plant has a unique latin name that refers to it and no other...so everyone in the world can know which plant you are referring to when you state its latin name.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2012 at 1:36PM
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