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Aralia racemosa

American spikenard, life of man

This herbaceous perennial has a more substantial 'woody' feel, with lateral branches and large, broad leaves reminiscent of Hobblebush. Inconspicuous flowers give rise to large, striking clusters of edible, red to purple fruits in fall. Plant at woodland edges and in part shade for special interest, or mass to supply a fragrant, interesting backdrop to lower-growing plants.

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Height: 2-4 ft
Spread: 2-4 ft
Hardiness Zone: 3-8


Bloom Color: Insignificant

Characteristics & Attributes

Cultivation Status
Species
Exposure
Sun
Part Shade
Soil Moisture
Average
Wet
Ecoregion
(82) Acadian Plains and Hills
(58) Northeastern Highlands
(83) Eastern Great Lakes Lowlands
(59) Northeastern Coastal Zone
Ornamental Interest
Fall/Winter Fruit
Summer Fruit
Attracts Wildlife
Attracts Bees
Attracts Butterflies
Other Pollinators/Wildlife
Attracts Songbirds
Tolerance
Deer/Rabbit Resistant
Additional Attributes
Edible


North American Distribution


Photo by Frank Bramley (c) Native Plant Trust
Photo by Frank Bramley (c) Native Plant Trust
Photo by Dan Jaffe (c) Native Plant Trust
Photo by Dan Jaffe (c) Native Plant Trust