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Spikenard

Aralia racemosa

A large woody plant resembling a shrub. Note the dark red-brown stems and heart shaped leaves in groups of 3 to seven. Often found with Wild Sarsaparilla - A. nudicaulis - which has green stems and leaves in groups of 3 to 5. See example lower left. Note the lack of deep indentaion where leaf joins stem.

  • Colour: white, greenish
  • Habitat: woods
  • Flower Size: tiny
  • Flower Time: Jul - Aug
  • Seed Matures: Sep
  • Seed Colour: black
  • Height: 1 m
  • Image Location: Sandbanks
  • Flower Form: umbels in cluster
  • Availability: unusual

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