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Tuesday - February 28, 2006

From: Reston, VA
Region: Mid-Atlantic
Topic: Plant Identification
Title: Identification of Beetleweed or Galax as
Answered by: Joe Marcus and Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

My mother will soon celebrate her 100th birthday. For her 1st birthday her mother decorated her highchair with "smilox". I am trying to find out what plant this is. I have found "smilax" but it is a thorny plant not likely to be used on a child's chair. Do any of your experts know what I am looking for? Thank you,

ANSWER:

We think you are looking for Beetleweed or Galax (Galax urceolata).

Happy Birthday to your mother!

 

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