A single leaf stalk grows 18-24, dividing into three parts each with five oval leaflets. A separate stalk, shorter than the leaf stalk, bears ball-shaped clusters of tiny, greenish-white flowers followed in fall by dark purple berries.
Common name(s): wild sarsaparilla, false sarsaparilla, shot bush, small spikenard, wild liquorice, and rabbit root
Flower colours: White , Green , Brown
Bloom time: May to July
Max reachable height: Height: 25.00 to 50.00 feet
Spread: 10.00 to 15.00 feet
Difficulty to grow: Easy
Planting and care
Water Use: Medium Light Requirement: Sun , Shade Soil Moisture: Moist CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium Soil Description: Poorer, relatively dry, soils.
Sunlight: Sun , Shade
Soil: Poorer, relatively dry, soils.
Temperature: The plant is comfortable at ordinary room temperatures of between 65 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit (18-29 C.).
Fertilizer: Fertilize every two weeks with liquid house plant fertilizer in spring and summer and monthly in fall and winter.
Caring for Aralia nudicaulis
Though they will survive under low light as they long as they have moist soil, they do best in medium or full sun when grown indoors, but should be planted in shady areas if placed outside.
The thin, fine roots of aralias are subject to rot, so allow the upper half of the soil to thoroughly dry out between waterings.
Use a light, peat-based potting soil and place the plant in a small pot as a precaution against overwatering.
This type of soil allows for proper aeration and drainage, preventing the plant's roots from becoming waterlogged.
Feed aralias with a granular, controlled-release fertilizer with a high nitrogen content every other month.
Prune the tips of aralia plants to promote the growth of new leaves and to help maintain its full, lush appearance.
Typical uses of Aralia nudicaulis
Special features: Can become aggressive. Rootstock is used as a substitute for official sarsaparilla flavoring.
Culinary use: The root was used to make root beer and can be made into a tea.