Aralia racemosa / Spikenard


One of the largest forest herbs in eastern North America, Spikenard is shrub-like in form. Clusters of tiny deep red fruits perch above broad compound foliage. Its spicy and fragrant roots are an ingredient in root beer and are used in herbal medicine.

Spikenard is used as a stimulating tonic and for bronchial conditions. Read more about this Spikenard’s medicinal history and Spikenard’s natural history on our blog.

Height: 3′ – 6′        Blooms: June

Siting: Moist to average soil, part sun to shade

Deer Resistance: Moderate

Provenance: NJ


BONAP 2022 Aralia racemosa Native Range Map

Additional information


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