Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia

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Most habitat and range descriptions were obtained from Weakley's Flora.

Your search found 13 taxa in the family Araliaceae, Ginseng family, as understood by PLANTS National Database.

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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: English Ivy, Common Ivy
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Hedera helix var. helix   FAMILY: Araliaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN PLANTS National Database: Hedera helix   FAMILY: Araliaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Hedera helix 139-01-001   FAMILY: Araliaceae

 

Look for it to be persistent, established, and spreading around old home sites, in suburban woodlands and waste areas

Uncommon

Non-native: Europe

 


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Common Name: Atlantic Ivy, Irish Ivy
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Hedera hibernica   FAMILY: Araliaceae
(?) SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Hedera hibernica   FAMILY: Araliaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Hedera helix 139-01-001?   FAMILY: Araliaceae

 

Look for it to be persistent, established, and spreading around old home sites, in suburban woodlands and waste areas;

Uncommon

Non-native: Europe

 


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Common Name: Persian Ivy
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Hedera colchica   FAMILY: Araliaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Hedera colchica   FAMILY: Araliaceae

 

Look for it to be persistent after cultivation, perhaps not naturalized

Rare

Non-native: the Caucasus

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Dwarf Ginseng
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Panax trifolius   FAMILY: Araliaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Panax trifolius   FAMILY: Araliaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH (ORTHOGRAPHIC VARIANT) Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Panax trifolium 139-02-001   FAMILY: Araliaceae

 

Look for it in cove forests, bottomland forests, other nutrient-rich forests

Uncommon in Mountains, rare in Piedmont

Native to North Carolina & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: American Ginseng, Sang
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Panax quinquefolius   FAMILY: Araliaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Panax quinquefolius   FAMILY: Araliaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH (ORTHOGRAPHIC VARIANT) Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Panax quinquefolium 139-02-002   FAMILY: Araliaceae

 

Look for it in cove forests, mesic hardwood forests, generally in nutrient-rich forests though tending to avoid the richest coves

Uncommon (rare in Coastal Plain)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Devil's Walkingstick, Hercules-club, Prickly Aralia, Prickly-ash
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Aralia spinosa   FAMILY: Araliaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Aralia spinosa   FAMILY: Araliaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Aralia spinosa 139-03-001   FAMILY: Araliaceae

 

Look for it in disturbed pocosins & bottomlands, disturbed areas, moist to dry forests & woodlands

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Wild Sarsaparilla
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Aralia nudicaulis   FAMILY: Araliaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Aralia nudicaulis   FAMILY: Araliaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Aralia nudicaulis 139-03-002   FAMILY: Araliaceae

 

Look for it in upland forests & woodlands, rocky places, most typically in rather dry places, such as ridgetop forests

Common (uncommon in Piedmont, uncommon in SC, rare in GA)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Spikenard
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Aralia racemosa   FAMILY: Araliaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Aralia racemosa ssp. racemosa   FAMILY: Araliaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Aralia racemosa 139-03-003   FAMILY: Araliaceae

 

Look for it in rich woodlands, trail margins & roadsides

Uncommon

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Bristly Sarsaparilla
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Aralia hispida   FAMILY: Araliaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Aralia hispida   FAMILY: Araliaceae

 

Look for it in rocky woodlands, cliffs, and clearings, primarily over acidic rocks (such as quartzite, granite, and sandstone)

Rare

Native north of the Carolinas & perhaps in NC

 


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Common Name: Japanese Angelica-tree
Weakley's Flora: (10/20/20) Aralia elata   FAMILY: Araliaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Aralia elata   FAMILY: Araliaceae

 

Look for it in suburban woodlands. This is an alien spreading southward from the northeastern US to at least as far south as VA.

Rare

Non-native: Japan

 


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Common Name: Japanese Aralia, Fatsia, paperplant
Weakley's Flora: (10/20/20) Fatsia japonica   FAMILY: Araliaceae
(?) PLANTS National Database: Fatsia japonica   FAMILY: Araliaceae

 

Look for it in suburban woodlands

Waif(s)

Non-native: Japan

 


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Common Name: Castor Aralia
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Kalopanax septemlobus   FAMILY: Araliaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Kalopanax septemlobus   FAMILY: Araliaceae

 

Look for it in disturbed suburban areas

Non-native: east Asia

 


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speaker icon Common Name: Umbrella Tree, Octopus Tree, Schefflera
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) -   FAMILY: Araliaceae
PLANTS National Database: Schefflera actinophylla   FAMILY: Araliaceae

 

Non-native: South Pacific

 


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