Aralia Sun King

Japanese Spikenard, Golden Japanese Spikenard
$22.95 ea.
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2020 PPA 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.

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Plant Type Perennials

Species cordata

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

Soil Type Normal, Clay, Sandy, Acidic

Water Needs Medium

Sold In Plantable Pots (3.5x3.5x4")

Special Product

PPA Plant of the Year

Chosen by a national association of gardeners and growers, these standout perennials are suitable for a wide range of growing climates, require little maintenance and offer multiple-season interest!

Special Features

  • Beneficial for Pollinators
  • Deer Resistant

Planting Sites

  • 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.

Plantable Pots

Our plants are grown in 3.5x3.5x4” plantable pots. Made from 100% biodegradable coconut husk fibers (coir), these pots have tremendous advantages over plastic pots. With better air exchange, this "breathable" pot fosters robust root growth and reduces transplant shock since you can plant the pots directly in the ground. The pot naturally becomes part of the soil on its own over time—no composting required—and since they're made from a renewable resource that requires very little energy, they're earth-friendly too!

100% Guarantee

We offer a 100% unconditional guarantee for all our perennials to reach you in good condition and to grow. If you're not satisfied, we'll reship or refund immediately. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions or concerns—we share your passion for gardening and want your new plants to thrive in your border!

Shipping Details

We use custom, earth-friendly packaging to make sure your order arrives in great condition, and we ship based on the best planting time for your growing zone (see the approximate dates below), unless otherwise indicated at checkout. If you wish, you can indicate a specific ship date during checkout.


  • Zone 3, 4: Early to Mid May
  • Zone 5: Late April to Early May
  • Zone 6: Mid to Late April
  • Zone 7: Early to Mid April
  • Zone 8: Late March to Early April
  • Zone 9, 10: Late March


  • Zone 2, 3, 4: Early September
  • Zone 5: Early to Mid September
  • Zone 6: Mid September
  • Zone 7: Mid to Late September
  • Zone 8, 9, 10: Late September to Early October