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Can anyone identify this climbing plant I saw on holiday in Corfu please? Its leaves are the pointed ones, it twines and the flowers are strongly perfumed with like a honey smell? I took a couple of cuttings hoping to root them.




Yes, its Smilax aspera. Unfortunately very difficult if not impossible to root from cuttings. Though a woody climber its a monocotyledon (like Bamboo, Asparagus and Yams) and all the root generating hormones stay down in or near the roots at the point where the stems emerge from the ground. I brought seed back of a North American species (Smilax rotundifolia) several years ago but lost the damn seeds in transit.

9 Oct, 2010


Thanks for the info. Do you know if it is possible to root the cuttings here in the UK?

9 Oct, 2010


Not sure. Probably best layered so that they are still attached to a plant. Semi ripe cuttings in July might be an option but success will be low and they will be slow to take off.

9 Oct, 2010

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