Prepared by Jennifer L. D’Appollonio, Assistant Scientist, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469. Updated April 2019.
Scientific name: Aralia hispida Vent.
Common name(s): bristly sarsaparilla
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– stem has bristles, not spines
– generally flowers June-August in ME
– ripe fruits as of August
-man-made disturbed land
-sandy fields and meadows
-the bark and the root have medical purposes
- kidney disorders
Hansen, R.W., S.B. Hansen and E.A. Osgood. 1991. Reproductive phenologies of selected flowering plants in eastern Maine forests. ME Agric. Exp. Station Tech. Bull. 143. 17 pp.
Go Botany. “Aralia Hispida Vent.” Aralia Hispida (Bristly Sarsaparilla): Go Botany, 2021, gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/aralia/hispida/.