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Woody, shrubby, perennial vines with spines scattered on the stems. The vining branches climb with the help of paired tendrils. Leaf shapes vary among species and may be oval, linear, or triangular.
Grows along fences, in thickets, and on hillsides in a variety of habitats.
Growing tips in spring are edible. Root can produce a reddish brown dye, and ripe berries produce beautiful dyes for wool, including a forest green.
Spotted on Apr 16, 2012
Submitted on Apr 22, 2012