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Aralia elata, Japanese Angelica Tree

Aralia elata

Japanese Angelica Tree
Family: Araliaceae
Origin: China, Korea
Small tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterPink flowersWhite/off-white flowersEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.DeciduousAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsEdibleThorny or spinySubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

In Japan, the shoots (taranome) are eaten in the spring.





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Aralia sp., Spikenard

Aralia sp.

Spikenard
Family: Araliaceae
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunRegular waterModerate waterWhite/off-white flowersEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.DeciduousAttracts butterflies, hummingbirds

Aralia plants have large bipinnate (doubly compound) leaves clustered at the ends of their stems or branches; in some species the leaves are covered with bristles.

The genus Aralia contains many plants used medicinally in Asia and the Americas.



Aralia sp., Spikenard
Aralia sp., Spikenard


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Aralia spinosa, Devil's Walkingstick, Angelica Tree

Aralia spinosa

Devil's Walkingstick, Angelica Tree
Family: Araliaceae
Origin: Eastern North America
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterWhite/off-white flowersDeciduousAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsThorny or spinySubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Aralia spinosa still grown for its decorative foliage, prickly stems, large showy flower panicles, and distinctive fall color.




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Argyrocytisus battandieri, Cytisus battandieri, Pineapple Broom

Argyrocytisus battandieri, Cytisus battandieri

Pineapple Broom
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Origin: Morocco
Large shrub 5-10 ftFull sunModerate waterYellow/orange flowersDeciduousAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

It is best grown with some shelter from cold winds and in full sun, and makes an excellent wall shrub, where its silky grey-green foliage, delicate and laburnum-like, looks effective against brickwork and can reach 18ft. The golden pea-shaped flowers are gathered in large upright cones, and have a strong scent of pineapples.



Argyrocytisus battandieri, Cytisus battandieri, Pineapple Broom
Argyrocytisus battandieri, Cytisus battandieri, Pineapple Broom
Argyrocytisus battandieri, Cytisus battandieri, Pineapple Broom


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Arisaema tortuosum, Arum tortuosum, Whipcord Cobra Lily, Jack in the pulpit

Arisaema tortuosum, Arum tortuosum

Whipcord Cobra Lily, Jack in the pulpit
Family: Araceae
Origin: E. Asia
Small shrub 2-5 ftSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterUnusual colorIrritatingDeciduousEdibleSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Arisaemas resemble carnivorous plants, but in fact they attract flies and other insects as pollinators, not food. Their leaves are divided into three or more leaflets. Their fascinating "flower" a pulpit-like hooded spathe enclosing a fleshy, erect spadix usually rises in spring. Scarlet berries by late summer or autumn enclose seeds that are scattered by birds and other creatures.

They prefer a rich but well drained neutral to acid soil that does not dry out in the growing season.

The plant contains calcium oxylate crystals. These cause an extremely unpleasant sensation similar to needles being stuck into the mouth and tongue if they are eaten but they are easily neutralized by thoroughly drying or cooking the plant or by steeping it in water. Tuber - it must be thoroughly dried or cooked before being eaten. The roots are buried in masses in pits until acetous fermentation takes place, they are then dug up, washed and cooked, by which means their acrimonious principles are in part dispersed.





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Arisaema tortuosum - seeds

Arisaema tortuosum, Arum tortuosum. Arisaemas resemble carnivorous plants, but in fact they attract flies and other insects as pollinators, not food. Their leaves are divided into three or more leaflets. Their fascinating "flower" a pulpit-like hooded spathe enclosing a fleshy, erect spadix usually rises in spring. Edible tuber must be thoroughly dried or cooked before being eaten. These plants prefer a rich but well drained neutral to acid soil that does not dry out in the growing season.
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