A beer resembling root beer or sarsaparilla is made from the roots.Young shoots - raw or cooked. They can be added to salads or cooked like asparagus.
Material usesThere are no material uses listed for Smilax rotundifolia.
A tea made from the leaves and stems has been used in the treatment of rheumatism and stomach problems. The parched and powdered leaves have been used as a dressing on burns and scalds. The wilted leaves have been used as a poultice on boils.A tea made from the roots is used to help the expelling of afterbirth. Reports that the roots contain the hormone testosterone have not been confirmed, they might contain steroid precursors, however.
Division in early spring as new growth begins. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found it best to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in a lightly shaded position in a cold frame, planting them out once they are well established in the summer.Cuttings of half-ripe shoots, July in a frame.
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