Aralia racemosa
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Hardiness Zone: 3-8 Height: 1-1.5 metres; 3-5 feet Spread: 1-1.5 metres; 3-5 feet Sun: Full sun to shade Water: Medium to wet Fruit: showy dark purple berries Bloom Colour: White to pale green Tolerates: Drought Culture: Prefers moist, rich soils in part to full shade. Slowly spreads by thick rhizomes. Noteworthy Characteristics: Spikenard is a shrubby-looking herbaceous perennial featuring smooth, branching stems and compound foliage. Tiny white flowers in early summer are followed by inedible, dark purple berries. Thick roots are spicy-aromatic and have been used to flavor teas and root beer. Divide old rootstocks when the plants go dormant in the fall. Spikenard is difficult to move once established, so place carefully, away from smaller plants that may be overwhelmed by its size. Protect from wind damage. Garden Uses: Containers, woodland gardens, naturalized areas, wild gardens and native plant gardens.