Wild Sarsaparilla
Aralia nudicaulis L.

Common Names
Wild sarsaparilla, American sarsaparilla, American spikenard, false sarsaparilla, rabbit’s foot, sarsaparil, sarsaparilla, sarsaparilla root, shotbush, small spikenard, small spikeweed, spignet, spikenard, sweetroot, Virginian sarsaparilla, wild licorice.

A short-stemmed perennial that grows to 1 foot in height. Flowers are small and greenish-yellow in 3 clusters of 12 to 30 flowers on the stalk. Plant produces purplish-black berry-like fruits.

Flowering Period
May to July.

Deep mountain woodlands.

Roots in late summer and fall.

The roots and rhizomes have been used as a diuretic, diaphoretic, and cough remedy.

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