Aralia spinosa - Devil’s walking stick
About forty species
of Aralia are native to North America
and Asia. They are shrubs or small trees.
Devil’s walking stick is native to the eastern United
States, including Florida.
It is a tall, multi-stemmed shrub to about fifteen feet tall. It spreads by
underground shoots. Stems are very spiny and have few branches. The large leaves
are twice divided into small leaflets. Tiny white flowers are borne in large
clusters at the ends of the stems in summer. Fruits are small black berries
produced in fall. Native Americans used the roots to treat a variety of
ailments. Berries are eaten by birds and other wildlife.
Plants grow along the trails at Lake Oneida.
A shrubby, suckering plant to about fifteen feet tall.
Light: part shade
Water: adaptable, somewhat drought tolerant
Soil: no special requirements
This native plant is easy to grow in a moist situation in
part shade. The large leaves make a bold accent in the garden.