Soil: Mesic (Medium)
Sun: Part Shade
Bloom Season: July – August
Flower Color: Green – White
Suggested Uses: Wild Sarsparilla is used for wooded upland zones of shoreline restoration. The berries are well-liked by foxes and bears. Nice woodland ground cover and grows well under evergreens. Great for restoration purposes.
Native Range: Native throughout the northern-most regions of the U.S and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Native throughout the state of Minnesota except for the Southwest corner.
Leaves: Basal leaves are pinnately compound with 3 leaflets.
Flowers: Appear underneath the canopy created by the leaves. Light green to white in color and arranged in umbels.
Berries: Dark purple berries
Note: Can be confused with Poison Ivy.
Food Uses: The rootstock is used for flavoring root beer.
Other Names: Spikenard. Note: Aralia nudicaulis differs from the “true” Sarsparilla of the genus Smilax which is found in tropical locations.
More Information: USDA PLANT profile