Aralia racemosa L.
Family: Araliaceae
American spikenard, life-of-man
Aralia racemosa image
Christopher Noll  
Etymology: Aralia: Latinization of an old French-Canadian name aralie which probably came from Iroquois Indian language
Plants: erect, perennial, 3'-7' tall forb; stems leafy, not bristly
Leaves: widely-spreading, sharply and often doubly toothed, the 3 main divisions pinnately-divided
Flowers: white, 5-parted; inflorescence of many, rounded umbels in a spreading, branched cluster (compound panicle) up to 12" long; blooms July
Fruits: dark purple, berry-like
Habitat: shade; woods; in rich soil
Conservation Status: Native
-large shrub-like plant with twice compound leaves and compound inflorescences with many small umbels on a branched panicle

-leaflets large, oval, cordate at base, and acuminate at tip, serrate

-fruit dark purple