Family

Ginseng.

Colour

Greenish white.

Odour

Roots fragrant.

Range

Vermont to Minnesota., southward to Georgia.

Time of Bloom

July.

Flowers: imperfect; growing in drooping, compound umbels in a long panicle; similar to those already described of the genus Aralia. Leaves: very large; compound; with heart-shaped pointed leaflets; downy; toothed. Stem: very leafy; branched. Roots: branched; aromatic; fragrant.

Few could pass by the long red or purple clusters of berrylike fruit which the spikenard bears without turning aside to admire them. Just before being quite ripe they are particularly brilliant and beautiful in colouring.