Etymology: Aralia: Latinization of an old French-Canadian name aralie which probably came from Iroquois Indian language
Plants: erect, perennial, 6"-36" tall forb; stems leafy and bristly below
Leaves: twice pinnately-divided, sharply toothed, the stalks shorter than the leaf blade
Flowers: yellow to white, 5-parted; inflorescence with usually 2-25 loosely-clustered, rounded umbels; blooms June-July
Fruits: blackish, berry-like
Habitat: dry; woods; in sandy, sterile soil
Conservation Status: Native
Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 5 USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"