Apr. 13, 2017


In all but the most recent wildflower books, this was Smilacina racemosa.  All these new names are more correct, however much it doesn't seem so.  This hardy plant also ranges into Mexico.  It is an easily grown garden species.  Come to think of it, I should get some to my sister.  It would be a great accent for their hosta garden.  The Potawatomi called this deerberry, and ate the fruit.  I would infer that they sometimes were very hungry.  The young shoots can also be eaten like asparagus.