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American Spikenard Aralia racemosa


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American Spikenard
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Family: Araliaceae, Ginseng view all from this family

Description The large, tapered flower clusters of this 2-5 ft. perennial are made up of many tiny white flowers, each with a tinge of yellow or green. They grow upright above large compound foliage on heavy, leafy stems. Purple-red berries are showy in fall.

Flower June - July

Flower June - July

Habitat Rich woods and thickets.

Range New Brunswick to Manitoba, south to Georgia, north Arkansas and n.e. Kansas.

Exposure Preference Shade to partial shade.

Native Distribution New Brunswick to Manitoba, s. to Georgia, n. Arkansas & n.e. Kansas

Site Preference Rich woods & thickets

Soil Preference Moist, rich soil.