Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Shrub; Tree
Perennial
More or less polygamous

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

Look for it in disturbed pocosins & bottomlands, disturbed areas, moist to dry forests & woodlands, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Moist ...Variable ...Dry

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Pinnately decompound
Alternate

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
White
Bisexual or staminate
5 sepals
5 petals
5 stamens, usually
Inferior ovary
Inflorescence a terminal panicle

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Red
Drupe

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Campanulids: Apiales

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 (1968) 139-03-001:
Aralia spinosa   FAMILY Araliaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Devil's Walkingstick, Hercules-club, Prickly Aralia, Prickly-ash


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_arsp2_001_lvd

        

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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_arsp2_007_lvd

        

picture of Aralia spinosa, image of Aralia spinosa

JK Marlow    jkm160504_477

May    Jackson County    NC

Pulley Park

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Gill Newberry    gn06_aralia_spinosa

June        

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JK Marlow    jkm160617_068

June    McCormick County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm160617_070

June    McCormick County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm160617_073

June    McCormick County    SC

Leaves glabrous or glabrate [here note the widely spaced trichomes], per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm0407k_03

July    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

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JK Marlow    jkm0407z_19

July    Oconee County    SC

Roadside

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JK Marlow    jkm0407z_22

July    Oconee County    SC

Roadside

Leaves bipinnately compound, 2 to 4' long; leaflets toothed, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.

picture of Aralia spinosa, image of Aralia spinosa

JK Marlow    jkm0407z_26

July    Oconee County    SC

Roadside

Many-flowered terminal panicles, 3-4' long, appear in late summer, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

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JK Marlow    jkm160715_298

July    McCormick County    SC

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Sam Pratt    sbp_3309

July    Spartanburg County    SC

In cultivation

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JK Marlow    jkm0308t_01

August    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

The trunk has strong prickles, unless quite large, per Trees of the Southeastern United States.

picture of Aralia spinosa, image of Aralia spinosa

JK Marlow    jkm120815_905

August    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

Usually 5 stamens; 5 stigmas; 5 styles fused basally, then separate & recurved, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm120815_908

August    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

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JK Marlow    jkm0310g_34

October    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

picture of Aralia spinosa, image of Aralia spinosa

JK Marlow    jkm0310g_37

October    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

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JK Marlow    jkm0411a_31

November    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

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JK Marlow    jkm0511b_36

November    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

Fruit is a black drupe with reddish juice, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.

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JK Marlow    jkm081103_043

November    Pickens County    SC

Jocassee Gorges

Leaf scar nearly encircles twig, often w a row of prickles surrounding it, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

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JK Marlow    jkm081103_044

November    Pickens County    SC

Jocassee Gorges