Aralia Sun King

Japanese Spikenard, Golden Japanese Spikenard
$19.95 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
Soil Type Normal, Clay, Sandy, Acidic
Water Needs Medium
Sold In Plantable Pots

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.