Information About Aralia Plants

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Potted Fatsia Care: Tips On Growing A Fatsia Indoors

By Raffaele Di Lallo, Author and founder of Ohio Tropics houseplant care blog

Fatsia is an evergreen shrub and is a pretty tough and forgiving plant in outdoor gardens, but it is also possible to grow fatsia indoors. Your potted fatsia inside may not get flowers, but you can still enjoy the exotic foliage given proper indoor culture. Learn more here.

Propagating Fatsia From Seed: When And How To Plant Fatsia Seeds

By Mary Ellen Ellis

Waiting for a shrub to grow from a seed may seem like something that will take forever to do. However, fatsia shrubs actually grow rather quickly and may not take as long as you think. For more information on how to grow fatsia from seed, click the following article.

Aralia Plant Information: Tips On Growing Aralias

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Aralia is a striking, multi-stemmed plant of more than 70 species. With so many types of aralia from which to choose, you can enjoy a variety of forms. Read this article for more aralia plant information, including growing aralias and care of aralias.

How To Care For Ming Aralia Houseplants

By Heather Rhoades

Why the Ming Aralia ever fell out of favor as a houseplant is beyond me. This plant is one of the easiest houseplants available. With a little care and know how from this article, you can grow this plant in your home.

Wild Sarsaparilla


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USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 °C (-40 °F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 °C (-35 °F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 °C (-30 °F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 °C (-25 °F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)

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Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

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From seed direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed stratify if sowing indoors

Self-sows freely deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

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Allow unblemished fruit to ripen clean and dry seeds


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Gardeners' Notes:

On Aug 31, 2017, Ted_B from Birmingham, AL (Zone 8a) wrote:

This plant is referred to as "wild sarsaparilla", which is not to be confused with the true sarsaparilla (several unrelated Smilax sp.) from the Caribbean and Central America that was a panacea in the heyday of patent medicines. Ethnobotanically however, A. nudicaulis was believed to be roughly comparable.

This species of the interesting Aralia genus seems to fare best in moist, rich, loamy soils and deep shade when cultivated in southern climates. It does not appear to be as tolerant to drier soils, direct sunlight, and hot summers as other closely related species in the genus.

On Nov 3, 2015, Canukia from Red Deer,
Canada wrote:

Here is an example of a set of contradictory claims made on the internet concerning the herb Sarsaparilla:

"Sarsaparilla still has a popular reputation as an "alterative," but it has been examined and tested in every manner known to modern medical science, and is profession-ally regarded as " pharmacologically inert and therapeutically useless."

"Sarsaparilla root is globally recognized for medicinal properties. Since it was first introduced to the Western world, sarsaparilla has been used to treat gout, gonorrhea, open wounds, arthritis, cough, fever, hypertension, pain, a lack of sexual desire, indigestion, and even certain forms of cancer. More serious conditions have also been treated with sarsaparilla root."

The contrast between these two. read more statements is quite striking and shows us first hand just how inaccurate some of the information on the internet can be. For anyone to suggest that a plant is "therapeutically useless" approaches the height of arrogance and ignorance. God does not make useless things. If a researcher can't figure out what an herb is used for, that's his problem, not the plant’s. Testing a plant and expecting a function from it which it was not designed to produce is not sound methodology. Just as likely the article was a polemic written by someone in the pharmaceutical industry who wishes to protect drug sales. Generally, naturopathic treatments work slowly but surely. Just as a drop of water over time can make a hole in stone, good herbal therapy if used persistently can successfully treat the worst ailments.

On Jun 17, 2005, gregr18 from Bridgewater, MA (Zone 6b) wrote:

Aralia nudicaulis has a very distinct stem that divides into three leaf stems. Flowers emerge in spring at the end of a shorter seperate stem that also divides into three seperate clusters. Flowers are greenish white. It blankets many woodland areas in the eastern part of the US and Canada, and occasionally makes forays into the edges of the woodland garden. It is not particularly difficult to control, though the stems of mature plants are tough, and might require digging to remove.

We live in Abitibi-West, in north west Quйbec, we discovered this plant this summer, it has black berries all very uniform like an unbrella, the leaves are med. green but are turning a beautiful shade of dark red with the autumn.
It seems to seed itself as l can count about 20+ new seedings.I have not seen this plant anywhere in my area, a sample was identified on 30/09/02 by the experts of the "Leslie Frost Centre"
in Minden Ontario, Canada.

On Aug 16, 2002, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

The rhizome was used by North American Indians both for medicine and as food. Wine was made from the berries by European settlers and a form of root beer was made from the rhizome. In the 1800's, sarsaparilla was popular as a spring tonic.

While called heavenly bamboo, this plant is not a bamboo at all but a compact, evergreen shrub with luscious lime-green new growth. Not only is it thankfully disease-resistant but it needs zero pruning. Plant in full sun to part shade and it grows to 3-4 feet high and wide, making it perfect for low hedges, as a foundation plant or in a container.

Above: Pint-sized pots of Lady’s Mantle are ging for $13.50 each at White Flower Farm.

This easy, old fashioned perennial should not be forgotten as it lightens up a dreary planting bed, walkway or woodland area when it blooms its dainty chartreuse flowers in the summer. Alchemilla forms a 12-inch-high mound of rounded, velvety soft green leaves that charmingly catch any water drops that land on it. Shear this plant after it blooms to tidy up and rejuvenate the leaves. Plant in part sun.

Pest Infestations

Pests rarely colonize false aralias in large numbers, although species such as green shield scale (Pulvinaria psidii) and spider mites (Tetranychus urticae) may cause a problem in stress-weakened plants. The main symptoms of both are stunted growth and yellow or dropped foliage, although both can also manifest visible bugs as the infestation advances. Prevent infestations by growing the plants under the right conditions and treat infestations before they become serious by liberally applying horticultural oils or insecticidal soap to the leaves and stems each week until the problem subsides.

Samantha McMullen began writing professionally in 2001. Her nearly 20 years of experience in horticulture informs her work, which has appeared in publications such as Mother Earth News.

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