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Aralia cordata 'Sun King'

Aralia cordata 'Sun King'

Japanese Spikenard

Item #: 1622
Zones: 4-8
Height: 3-6 Feet
Exposure: Part Shade
Family: Araliaceae
Native: Asia
Pot Size: 4 Inch

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Aralia cordata is a large herbaceous perennial from Asia (Japan, Korea, China). 'Sun King' is a cultivar with bright chartreuse foliage.

We love Japanese spikenard because it is also edible! Known as "udo" in Japan, the species is foraged or cultivated for its edible young shoots, fleshy roots, and young leaves. Some people even grow udo under dark tunnels to alter the color and flavor (see white asparagus "blanching" method). It's a fascinating plant with a backstory worth exploring!