Monches Farm, LLC
5890 Monches Road
Aralia racemosa, commonly known as "Spikenard", is a native American woodland wildflower of generous proportions. Growing 36"-48" in height, it can attain a spread of twice that. Upright racemes of small starry greenish-white flowers are borne above compound foliage in summer. However, the main attraction comes in autumn when the flowers transform into dense hanging clusters of small glossy fruit, maturing from bright green to rich burgundy-black. Although the fruit is inedible the spicy root of this plant was once used to flavor root beer. Aralia thrives in shade and its showy fall fruit makes it a good fit for the large scale woodland garden in need of autumn interest.
In addition to the green leaf form there is also a gorgeous yellow leaf variety, 'Sun King', whose brilliant foliage really lights up the shaded garden.