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Actinidiaceae, Actinidia polygama, Silver Vine – China, Japan, Korea, Russia

June 1, 2011

A close relative to Kiwi (Actinidia indica), A. polygama is a deciduous vine that reaches 5-6 meters in height. It has a number of edible and medicinal properties. Like the Kiwi, it requires moist, well drained soil and partial shade to full sun conditions. It is becoming increasingly popular as an edible fruit crop outside of its region of origin. The acorn sized fruit can be salted and eaten raw, fried in oil, or added to rice.

The Silver Vine has a euphoric effect on cats, similar to catnip, although reportedly more intense. Typical behaviors include rolling, chin and cheek rubbing, drooling, and licking.


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