Aralia cordata Sun King

Japanese Spikenard, Golden Japanese Spikenard

$19.95 ea. (3+ discount) $19.50 ea.

Fall 2022

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Plant Code: ARSK

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2020 Perennial Plant Association's Plant of the Year! A bold and beautiful anchor plant for a shady bed! Excellent cold hardiness is an added bonus. The finely-toothed arching leaves emerge sunny yellow and retain their color. Clusters of tiny white flowers in summer are followed by purple fruit. The berries are adored by birds, but inedible by humans. Foliage will retain color if grown with at least 2-3 hours of sun each day. Heavy shade yields lime-green foliage.

This deciduous, fast-growing Golden Japanese spikenard is a statuesque complement to Hosta and Heuchera. Pollinators love the flowers. Native to shady forested areas in Japan. 2020 Perennial Plant Association Plant of the Year!


Type: Perennials
Height: Tall 4'
Spacing: Plant 4' apart
Bloom Time: Mid-Summer to Late Summer
Sun-Shade: Half Sun / Half Shade to Full Shade
Zones: 3-9   Find Your Zone
Soil Condition: Normal, Clay, Sandy, Acidic
Flower: White
Pot Size: 3.5" square x 4" deep

Features to Note

  • Beneficial for Pollinators
  • Deer Resistant
  • Shade Tolerant
  • Wet Site Tolerant

Aralia General Information

Extra-large and fast-growing, so give Golden Japanese Spikenard sufficient elbow room. If grown in deeper shade, the foliage retains a muted lime-green color. (2-3 hours of sun will bring out the yellow tones) Bold foliage will contrast nicely with lacy plants like ferns and astilbe. Idaho has restricted all potted plant material from being shipped into Idaho at this time.

Aralia Plant Care

Prefers moist, fertile, humusy, well-drained soils. Shelter from strong winds to protect the large compound foliage. No pruning needed, but in colder climates plant may die back to the ground and start again, similar to a Butterfly Bush or Caryopteris. Dead stems can be removed once it buds out / starts again.