Smilax rotundifolia

Common Names: Common greenbrier, roundleaf greenbrier
Category: Plants
Sub-category: Greenbrier family

A common woody vine native to the Eastern United States. The leaves are glossy green, petioled, alternate, and circular to heart-shaped. They are generally 5-13 cm long. Common greenbriar climbs other plants using green tendrils growing out of the petioles. The stems are round, green and have sharp spines. The flowers are greenish, and are seen from April to August, the fruit they produce are bluish black berries that become ripe in September.

Found just about anywhere, especially in forests and roadsides.

Primary Flower Color: Green
Secondary Flower Color: Green
Edible Notes: The young shoots of common greenbriar are reported to be excellent when cooked like asparagus. The young leaves and tendrils can be prepared like spinach or added directly to salads. The roots have natural gelling agent in them that can be extracted and used as a thickening agent.
Warnings: Then stems have very sharp thorns that are capable of inflicting injury.