Carrion flower

One of the prettiest wild plants this time of year is the unfortunately-named carrion flower (Smilax herbacea). Blue berries in large, round clusters on long stalks on a herbaceous vine that gets about 6 feet high – what’s not to like?

Carrion flower fruit, FWR Dickson CA, Sept 17, 2001.
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Trish Murphy

Artist: botanical, still life, and natural history illustration. Garden designer: native plants and naturalistic gardens