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Over 30 species of perennials, shrubs and trees in the Ginseng family, often with spiny stems, native in rich soils, mostly in shady woods in North America and Asia. Flowers in attractive umbels, often in panicles. Black or red berried fruit in the fall. All require space and a fertile, moist, deep humus soil. Intolerant of full sun and drought. G.S. Thomas finds these to be "easily grown plants, for the connoisseur of the elegant."
From the Latin "nudus" (naked, bare), and the Greek "kaulos" (stem). This member of the Ginseng family is an understory plant found in mixed forests across Canada. Large compound leaves radiate at the top of naked stems. White flowers in clusters are followed by clusters of blue-black berries in summer. For light shade in the woodland garden. The fruit is edible, but not very palatable. The aromatic roots were once used in a drink called sarsaparilla, which developed into root beer. Young plant shoots were used as herbs, and the berries were made into jelly. Seed wild collected in Ontario.
Outdoor treatment over winter recommended.
20 seeds $3.75
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