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Aralia cordata Sun King (Japanese Spikenard)

*2020 Perennial of the Year*

An interesting foliage plant for the shade. Chartreuse/lime green foliage in full shade and bright yellow in part sun. Tiny white blooms in late summer followed by ornamental and inedible purple-black fruit. Fast growth rate.

Blooms mid-to late summer
3-6 ft tall x 3-6 ft spread
HARDY to -30°F (-34.4°C)
Attracts birds
Deer resistant


Zone Zone 4
Exposure Partial to Full Shade
Moisture Moderate to Consistent Moisture

Small light pink bottlebrush blooms rise above the foliage on upright, wiry stems. New foliage emerges green, maturing to dark reddish-purple and is finely divided.

Blooms in late summer to late fall
HARDY to -20°F (-28.9°C)
4′ tall x 3′ spread

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Orange stem sheaths that drop to reveal violet blue stems that fade to a deep green as they mature. Long, elegant green leaves adorn the tall upright culms in an open, draping habit. Moderate growth rate. Columnar habit.

Blooms mid-spring to early summer
12-16 ft tall x 8 ft spread
HARDY to -10°F (-23°C)
Shade and sun tolerant

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Dense clumps of arching stems, with brilliant golden variegated leaves in cascading layers resemble dwarf bamboo. Hidden among the foliage are tiny delicate green flower heads. The foliage turns to an attractive copper-orange shade as the weather cools. Slow growth rate.

Blooms late summer to early fall
1-2 ft tall x 1-2 ft spread
Shade tolerant
Deer and rabbit resistant

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These shade-loving, rhizomatous, clump-forming perennials bear leaves that are deep green with wide lime-green margins. Pale lavender bell-shaped flowers bloom on one-sided racemes atop tall bracted scapes. Moderate growth rate. Sport of “Climax”.

Blooms early summer
2 ft tall x 4 ft spread
HARDY to -40°F (-40°C)
Attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
Tolerant to juglone
Moderate salt tolerance
Heat and humidity tolerant

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Red and white upward-facing blooms with short spurs grow on compact fern-like medium green foliage. Bushy, clump-forming habit.

Blooms mid to late spring
1-1.5 ft tall x 1 ft spread
HARDY to -40°F (-40°C)
Deer and rabbit resistant
Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies
Drought tolerant
High salt tolerance

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Bright purplish-pink, ball-shaped flower clusters are produced on thin leafless stalks held high above tight mounds of green grassy evergreen foliage.

Blooms from mid-spring to early summer
0.5-1 ft high x 1-2 ft wide
HARDY to -40°F (-40°C)
Deer tolerant
Attracts bees and butterflies
Drought tolerant
High salt tolerance

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