Aralia cordata ‘Sun King’
Sun King spikenard
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Bold golden foliage is the outstanding quality of this herbaceous perennial which forms a clump to six feet tall and wide. In summer the compound leaves are topped by flower spikes of petite white flowers which eventually form red-purple to purple-black inedible berries in autumn. Birds, however, love the fruit.
Plant Type: perennial
Foliage Type: deciduous
Plant Height: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 meters)
Plant Width/Spread: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 meters)
Hardiness: USDA Zones 3 to 9
Flower Color: white
Sun/Light Exposure: full sun or light to open shade
Water Requirements: regular watering
Seasonal Interest: a shrub-like perennial with striking golden foliage
Wildlife Associations: bees, birds
- Culture Notes
- Plant in full sun for best golden color, but it will tolerate light to open shade with the color being more chartreuse to lime green. The soil should be well-drained and water regularly during dry periods.