Smilax and Thamus

Jim McKenney
Thu, 01 Jul 2010 17:24:52 PDT
Jan wrote: “I think they`re rhizomatous, they germinate like Polygonatum,
and Ruscus.”


Darn, I’ve been busted! I was trying to sneak them in past the “geophytes
only” sign. 


Smilax smallii grows with a cluster of Dahlia like swollen roots at the base
of the plant (these roots look like bananas). 


Tamus communis  I know only from reading about it. 


Jan, are you going to school in Oberlin now? If so, be on the lookout for
Dioscorea quarternata: it’s a handsome species, well worth having for the
garden. It’s easy from seed. 


Jim McKenney

Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, 39.03871º North, 77.09829º West, USDA zone

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