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  Aralia racemosa
American spikenard


Interesting info

This tall, bushy plant, a member of the ginseng family, has large compound leaves. The leaflets are large and round with long, pointed tips.

The flowers grow in clusters at the joints of the stem.

The plant produces reddish to dark purple berries in late summer.


You ought to know

Height: 4' - 5'

Frequency: Scarce; found in the highest, driest area of the shady woods.

Blooms: July and August

Range: Deam's 1940 Flora of Indiana said A. racemosa was "becoming extinct in Indiana," especially where hogs were allowed to roam the woods.

Reported otherwise from Nova Scotia to South Dakota and from Missouri to Georgia.

Spikenard berries in late summer