Aralia racemosa

American spikenard

A rhizomatous, shrubby-looking, soft-stemmed herbaceous perennial of the Ginseng family that is native to moist, rich woods from Quebec to Georgia. 

The stems are dark red to black and the leaves, large and soft, not unlike the bigger hydrangeas. Long racemes of white flowers are followed by black, inedible berries. It tolerates most soils and loves damp but not waterlogged conditions. Growing to about 120cm it requires a little space and will eventually form a large clump. 

A prized medicinal plant of Native Americans, the roots were made into a poultice to treat infection.


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Family

Plant type

Hardiness

Height

Spread

Foliage

Flower

Soil

Position

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Araliaceae

Hardy perennial

H6

100cm - 120cm 

100cm - 120cm 

Dark green, black stems 

White 

Moist, well drained, humus rich 

Partial shade

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