Aralia californica

Also known as:

  • Elk Clover
  • Spikenard

Plant Type

perennial

Zones

7a-10b

Size

H:8'
W:8'

Growing Conditions

Soil Needs:

rich

Water Needs:

even moisture, regular

Sun Exposure:

part shade, shade

Features

Flowers:

white

Foliage:

deciduous

Fruit:

red, purple

Wildlife:

birds

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Rare and unusual annual & perennial plants, including cottage garden heirlooms & hard to find California native wildflowers.

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601 A Canal Blvd Richmond, California

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I love to see this Aralia when I’m out hiking because it means I’ve reached a cool, moist, shady spot to rest in. Often growing next to a stream the lush, deeply lobed 3’ long leaves arch gracefully out from shady hillsides. Beginning in June, 2” pom-pom clusters of white flowers emerge, then in the Fall they develop into very ornamental dark purple berries. The berries are offset nicely by the stems that begin to turn reddish at the same time. And the berries are loved by birds. Aralia californica grows to 8’ wide & 8’ tall, but goes dormant in the winter. Native to California & Oregon. Used in herbal anti-inflammatory remedies.

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This large dramatic winter deciduous perennial, grows to about 6' x 6' and can reach as much as 8' around. Elk clover is native to shaded stream banks throughout western California, Despite its streamside habit, Elk Clover will do well in any soil that does not dry out completely. In the summer, small white flowers appear in globes, ripening into small purple fruit that birds have a appetite for. Great for a woodland garden. Throughout western and central California and into Oregon. Birds eat the berries and it is deer resistant Aralia californica is in the Ginseng family and has medicinal uses as a tonic. Found in it is more common in cooler, moister areas in northern california, especially in the san francisco bay area. Communitites located in Yellow Pine Forest, Foothill Woodland, Chaparral, Valley Grassland, wetland-riparian At elevations below 6500 ft.

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Blooms: summer-fall, white, black fruit/ large foliage, herbaceous, deciduous Zone 6-9. 6', CA,OR, shade-sun, moist, well drained

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PNW Native. Our native Elk Clover is an exceptional member of the Ivy family that forms huge clumps with bold leaves and striking white flowers. To 8' tall and as wide it is fully deciduous in winter. An inhabitant of partly shady locations from central western Oregon south. In June sperical heads of round flowers are followed by red and black berries, beloved by birds. Part shade with regular water. Great for tropical effects. Easy.

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Striking 3-6' tall clumps of huge divided leaves are topped with ball-like umbels of white flowers on this western native perennial. PSh/Med-Wet

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Port Townsend, Washington

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Our collection in the Siskiyous up 8 Dollar Road on a bench just above a stream in open light shade growing with Darmera and Lilium pardalinum ssp. vollmeri. Big compound pinnate leaves and terminal spikes of small airburst white flowers turning to black fruit. Herbaceous.

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