American Spikenard is widespread in Massachusetts, seen often during forest walks.
This shrub-like perennial thrives in part shade, moist woodland soil. The large leaves are ornamental in themselves but it is the fantastic bunches of purple-red berries that follow panicles of tiny white flowers that make this plant special.
The berries are edible for humans and are also an irresistible treat for birds, making this plant a perfect addition to a yard designed to attract songbirds. Plant the Aralia racemose in the background of your shady pollinator garden and just wait for the trills of happy birds.
Source: grown from seed originally from Minnesota. Prairie Moon Nursery.
Aralia racemosa (American spikenard)
SIZE AND POT INFORMATION: More details coming in May type: shrub-like herbaceous perennial sun needs: part sun/part shade, shade water needs: average, moist height: 4' plant spacing: 3' distance bloom time: July, August bloom color: green
deer resistant (please note that does not mean deer proof) edible parts: berries