Vermont to Minnesota., southward to Georgia.
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.