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American Spikenard
Aralia racemosa


American spikenard is a tall bushy plant with large compound leaves. The flowers grow in clusters at the joints of the stems in July and August, followed by reddish to dark purple berries. Although it grows from Canada to Georgia and west to Arizona, in Texas only a rare disjunct population grows in rich woods and thickets in high elevations in the Trans-Pecos. All parts of the plant have been used for many and varied medicinal purposes.

Plant Habit or Use: small shrub

Exposure: partial sun

Flower Color: white

Blooming Period: summer

Fruit Characteristics: reddish to purple berries

Height: 4 to 5 feet

Width: 3 to 5 feet

Plant Character: deciduous

Heat Tolerance: medium

Water Requirements:

Soil Requirements: adaptable

USDA Hardiness Zone: 3

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