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Aralia cordata, Japanese Spikenard

Aralia cordata

Japanese Spikenard
Family: Araliaceae
Origin: China, Korea, Japan
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall shrub 2-5 ftSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsEdible

The plant yields new shoots every spring, which are blanched and then eaten as a vegetable. In Korea, the dried root of the plant has been traditionally used as medicine. The young shoots have a strong yet pleasant distinct aromatic flavor. In addition to food and medicinal use, the plant is cultivated as an ornamental. The fruit is a small black drupe 3 millimetres (0.12 in) diameter, and may be toxic to humans.

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Aralia cordata, Japanese Spikenard
Aralia cordata, Japanese Spikenard

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