Sarsaparilla – Wild W

Araalia nudicaulis

Family Ginseng (Araliaceae)
Bloom Spring, summer
Habitat Moist deciduous or conifer forest
Status Native
Cycle Perennial
Height 8-20″
Flower Flowers appear in 3-4 distinct round clusters 1-2″ in diameter made of white flowers. Clusters form at the top of a single leafless stalk that appears to come from the ground and are generally found below the leaves
Leaf Two main stalks, each of which spreads into 3 leafstalks that grow 3-5 fine-toothed oval leaflets 3-4″ long with pointed ends.
Notes The inedible fruit is a cluster of purple or black berries 1/8″ round on a leafless stalk.

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