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Common Name: Smilax, Greenbriar
Botanical Name: Asparagus asparagoides (as-PAIR-a-gus as-pair-a-GOY-deez)
Decorative Life: About 7-10 days.
Post Harvest Care:
  • Keep in humid environment.
Harvest Instructions: Treat with a spray or dip designed and proven to reduce water loss and/or extend life. Misting with water may also be helpful.
Family Roots:
  • Member of the Liliaceae (lily) family.
  • Native to South Africa.
  • Common relatives include lily, daylily, hyacinth, tulip and grape hyacinth.
  • Has small oval leaves along trailing stems.
  • Stems to several feet long, classed as a monocotyledon, leaves mostly parallel veined.
  • Plant is a herbaceous perennial from tuberous roots.
Availability: Year-round.
Flower Color: Not applicable.
Storage Specifics: Store at 36-41 F with stem ends in water, or soak stems in water lying flat on plastic.
  • Stems are often wired together for strength, popular in wedding work.
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