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Smilax vine

Smilax is easy to identify in February, but can be difficult to locate when plants and trees leaf out. Physically encountering smilax can be quite painful.

Les Harrison is the UF/IFAS Wakulla County Extension Director

Perseverance is a respectable trait in any person. Unfortunately, it is less than pleasant when applied to a thorny vine, such as smilax. Its determined nature is why it thrives in nearly every local yard and thicket, making itself nearly impossible to uproot and dispose of. When regarded as a survivalist, this stubborn plant is an impressive species. Read the full article here.