Plant types and subtypes: Trees & Shrubs, Shrubs, Deciduous
Light Requirements: part-shade, shade
Water Use: medium
Soil Moisture: moist
Soil Description: acid, rich, average
Bloom Time: June, July, August
Bloom Color: white, green
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Additional Tags: berries, fall interest, medicinal, naturalizing, showy fruit, woodland plant
Pricing & Availability
Aralia racemosaAlso known as:
A relative of ginseng, the spikenard's thick, fragrant roots send up a striking plant. It grows to 6' with compound leaves of heart-shaped leaflets. Lower leaves can be enormous. Flowers are greenish-white in rounded clusters. Aralia racemosa is of great autumn interest, when it's berries turn to a dark purplish red and it's leaves turn to gold.
Best suited for woodland gardens in light shade, Aralia racemosa requires moist, well drained fertile soil. It should be sheltered from strong, drying winds. It blooms from June through August. Zones 3-7
Propagate in the fall from seed or division of mature roots.
Aralia racemosa enjoys a wide native range in eastern North America. The plant has been used for traditional medicinal remedies treating a wide range of ailments including asthma, rheumatism, eczema and ulcers. It's root may also be used in making "root beer".
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
AL, AR, AZ, CO, CT, DC, DE, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WI, WV
USDA Endangered Status:
- Special Concern: RI
|Species||Aralia racemosa||American spikenard|