Aralia racemosa


Common Name: American spikenard
Plant Type:Herbaceous
Light (original): part shade to shade
Light Requirements: Part Sun, Shade
Height:2 to 5 feet
Width:
Duration:Perennial
Habitat:Woodland
Soil Type:moist to wet
Soil Moisture:Mesic, Wet
Seed Ripens:Fall
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Flower Colour:white tinged green in clusters
Bloom Time:early summer
Comments:Clusters of small purple-red berries in fall.
Germination:Seed will germinate upon being shifted to 70°F after 90-140 days of moist, cold stratification at 40°F.
Seed will not germinate in presence of chemical inhibitors.
Seed requires scarification because of an impermeable seed coat.
Germination Notes:Ferment or clean with hand blender. Seeds are flattened, anout 1/16 inch long, and hard. Fall sowing for germination the following spring. If you ferment rather than blend (blending scarifies as it cleans) scarification with light sandpaper may improve germination.
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