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Aralia californica

Aralia californica S. Watson

California Spikenard

Araliaceae (Ginseng Family)


USDA Symbol: ARCA2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Leaf Complexity: Tripinnate
Inflorescence: Raceme , Umbel
Fruit Type: Berry

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White



Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade

National Wetland Indicator Status

Status: FACW FAC
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA

Additional resources

USDA: Find Aralia californica in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Aralia californica in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Aralia californica


Record Modified: 2007-12-19
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