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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:

NC Native

Type:

Tree/Shrub

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)

Habitat Description:

Disturbed pocosins and bottomlands, disturbed areas, moist to dry forests and woodlands.

State Rank:

No NC Rank Listed (*)

Global Rank:

No Global Rank listed (*)

State Status:

No NC Status Listed (*)

Federal Status:

No U.S. Status Listed (*)

Notes:

Thorny and not attractive, but can be used as hedges in remote areas. Birds are attracted to it.

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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