Carrion-flower is a Wisconsin native perennial vine that dies back to the ground each season. It’s typically found on moist forest edges and climbs on nearby plants or structures with twining tendrils. The 1” round clusters of green flowers are fly pollinated. Female plants form spectacular golf ball sized round clusters of bluish-black fruits.
Fruits are attractive to birds and provide a valuable winter food source. Flies and beetles are attracted to the scent of the flower to act as pollinators. It’s also attractive to deer, rabbits, and beavers as a dietary staple (which humans may consider to be a pest/problem).
They need very little maintenance throughout the winter and spring but require a bit more attention in the summer. There is no pruning necessary other than removing dead stems and flowers that have finished blooming.
Attracts flies and can smell like rotting meat. Best grown in a greenhouse or as a houseplant to keep away pests. Red spider mites can be attracted to suffering plants and can simply be wiped off with a damp cotton ball.
Native to eastern Canada and the US, this vine is surprisingly cold hardy. Young shoots and leaves are edible and look like asparagus when they first sprout. Fruit can be eaten raw, cooked, or used in jellies, but only consumed when fully ripe. Roots can be cooked or dried. Softened leaves can be used for healing eye infections, skin eruptions, and wounds, according to Ainu medicine. The name Smilax Herbacea is Greek for both clasping and herbaceous, not woody.
Plants are dioecious so you need a male and female. Male and female flowers will not be found on the same plant. We typically don’t sell sexed plants.
Native Ferns, Lavender, Ornamental Onion, Prairie Dropseed Grass, fragrant perennials.