Japanese Spikenard, Mountain Asparagus, Udo
|COMMON NAME||Japanese Spikenard, Mountain Asparagus, Udo|
|BOTANICAL NAME *||Aralia cordata ‘Sun King’|
|ZONE||4 – 8|
|SIZE||3’ HT, 3’ SP|
|FOLIAGE||Pinnately compound leaves, chartreuse in color. No thorns on this form of Aralia.n. Will fill in to form a lush mass.|
|FLOWER||White, somewhat showy, July – September|
|FRUIT||Deep purple berries loved by birds.|
|GROWING CONDITIONS||Best in Part Shade. Great for brightening up a shady spot.|
|NOTES||This plant is normally Deer Resistant.
According to the Missouri Botanical Garden… ‘Young shoots of this plant are considered a culinary delicacy in Japan (taste resembling that of asparagus) where they are cultivated in underground tunnels. White fleshy roots (elongate cylindric rhizomes) are eaten as one would consume a parsnip. Udo leaves may be eaten as a vegetable when young.’
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