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Roundleaf Greenbrier, Bullbrier, Catbrier, Horsebrier, Carrion-flower
Common Greenbrier is a native vine found in most of Virginia. Some of it grows near the bridge at the front of Monticello Park. Numerous birds and animals eat the fruits, which are an important late winter and early spring food for wintering birds, including Northern Cardinals and White-throated Sparrows. It is a pioneer species whose prickly impenetrable branches create cover for birds and small mammals. Native Americans used the vines to make baskets, and they used the leaves to wrap tobacco.
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