American Spikenard (Aralia racemosa)

American Spikenard (Aralia racemosa)

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Binomial

Aralia racemosa
American spikenard is an impressive, shrub-sized foliage plant for shade. It has large, compound leaves on striking reddish-brown stems and clusters of white flowers in July and August. A slight breeze will cause the plant to sway and dance. The berries are generally considered inedible. However, the roots have been used as an ingredient for root beer; and native americans used the plant medicinally. Spikenard is a great plant for large, decorative containers on a shady patio.

Uses: Specimen plant, medicinal, cooking, birds, container gardens
Bloom time: July & August

Height: 3 to 4 feet
Space: 3 to 4 feet

Sun: Shade
Moisture: Average to moist

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