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Aralia racemosa
American Spikenard / Aralia

$30.00 $39.00
This size 5 in stock Product ID: 749795

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CULTURAL CONDITIONS

Plant Min Zone: 3a

Plant Max Zone: 8a

Sunlight: Part Sun, Shade

Water / Rainfall: Average

Soil Quality: Average, Rich

FLOWERS AND FOLIAGE

Bloom Season: Summer, Late Summer

Flower Color: White, Green

Berry / Fruit Color: Reddish Purple

Spring Foliage Color: Green

Summer Foliage Color: Green

Fall Foliage Color: Green

Evergreen Foliage: No

Winter Interest: No

Scented Flowers: No

PLANT TOLERANCES

Drought Tolerance: Medium, High

Wet-Feet Tolerance: Medium

Humidity Tolerance: Medium

Wind Tolerance: Low

Poor Soil Tolerance: Rocky Soils, Clay Soils

GROWTH AND MAINTENANCE

Height: 3' - 5'

Width: 3' - 5'

Growth Rate: Fast

Service Life: Long: 5-10 years

Maintenance Need: Low

Spreading Potential: Medium

Yearly Trimming Tips: Trim Perennial to Ground Around First Fall Freeze: No Winter Interest.

PLANT USES AND LIMITATIONS

Plant Grouping Size: Specimen Planting of 1-3, Small Grouping of 3-5

Best Side of House: East Exposure, North Exposure

Extreme Planting Locations: Base of Retaining Wall Locations, Resistant to Rabbits

Ornamental Features: Multiple Seasons of Interest, Large Tropical Foliage / Flowers

Special Landscape Uses: Naturalizing

Possible Pest Problems: None

Plant Limitations: Sometimes Mistaken as Weed, Lack of Ornamental Features

Description

American Spikenard (Aralia racemosa) matures to 3-5' in height and has green flowers with attractive reddish purple berries in early fall. Spikenard is a true herbaceous perennial in that it dies back each fall and emerges from the ground up each spring. So large and broad, it is sometimes confused for a woodland shrub. It prefers wet to medium soil but tolerated dry-shade when mature in rich clay soils. Many woodland plants have already finished flowering when Spikenard blooms and shows off its beautiful berries. Cut the entire plant down in fall as there is no winter interest. In Kansas landscapes, use in Woodland gardens, sun dappled shade gardens, naturalized areas, wild gardens and native plant gardens. Plant as a specimen focal point or small grouping backdrop for shorter plants to contract in the shade garden.

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