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Plant Details

Aralia spinosa

Devil's Walkingstick, Hercules' Club, Prickly Ash

Scientific Name:

Aralia spinosa

Common Name:

Devil's Walkingstick, Hercules' Club, Prickly Ash

Plant Family

Araliaceae (Ginseng Family)

Native/Alien:

Native

Type:

Shrub / Tree

Bloom Color(s):

white

Size in Feet:

to 30

Light:

Full-sun, part-sun

Bloom Time:

July - August - September

Bloom Area:

Statewide (Mountains, Piedmont, Coast)

Small grove

Aralia spinosa often occurs in groups, spreading by root sprouts. The 3-foot leaves make a dramatic presence even when not in bloom or berry.

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Paynter, Wilmington, 2010

Plants in Bloom

On the campus of WCU

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Blooms

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Close-up of individual flowers

Large, showy terminal panicles of tiny flowers attract many pollinators.

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Fruit

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Bark with formidable thorns

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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