Wooden Surface

Aralia racemosa

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.


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Aralia racemosa (American spikenard)

  • details

    SIZE: 1 gallon pot
    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
  • special notes

    deer resistant (please note that does not mean deer proof)
    edible parts: berries