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Description for Smilax pseudo-china
Smilax pseudochina is a perennial herb in the greenbriar family. It is commonly called bamboo vine or false chinaroot. Its range extends up the Atlantic Coast of the United States, from Long Island in New York State south to Georgia.
Planting and care
Choose a warm, sheltered location when growing plant. The vining varieties require a support structure as some can get 15 feet tall. All plants prefer sun to light shade sites with well-draining and moderately fertile soil. Install the plant in the ground at the same level it was growing in the nursery pot.
Caring for Smilax pseudo
- Leave the foliage until it turns brown in the fall. This is important so that the plant stores energy for next yearâ€™s flowering.
- Cut down the dead stalks in the late fall or early spring.
Typical uses of Smilax pseudo
Special features: Smilax pseudochina is a deciduous Climber growing to 2 m (6ft 7in).
Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purpose
Medicinal use: The root is astringent and slightly tonic. It is specific in the treatment of syphilis. The parched and powdered leaves have been used as a dressing on burns and scalds. The wilted leaves have been used as a poultice on boils.
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