I can be an "innie" or "outie" depending on time of year and/or shelter you offer me in your USDA plant hardiness zone. I hail from Southern Africa, am extremely heat tolerant and the initials of my most commonly known name are AF. I'm green all over except when I bloom these tiniest little flowers which due to their size make it really hard to make out much detail with the naked eye. I've read some say they smell mildly apricot although I thought it citrus; they have a slight scent. From a distance my "greenness" looks feathery and delicate but ah, don't be fooled; touch me and I'm coarse with downright sharp needle spikes along my branches. I grow and thrive through rhizomes/white tuber roots and spread the wealth along with a little help from my feathered friends who find my little green berries that turn red in winter a most delicious treat. I'm very prone to spread out over the land and combine that with my seed spreading accomplices and well some say I am quite the garden "thug". In fact my love of traveling far and wide has earned me the unpopular title of invasive in some states; "sniff", I wore out my welcome. I am now listed in the Liliaceae family but that was not always the case.
What will your guess be ;)?
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Thank you Michaele Anderson for planting the delightful "garden thug" words in my memory.
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