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Wild Sarsaparilla
Aralia nudicaulis

Wild sarsaparilla is a very common plant in Connecticut woods. It has purple-black berries. Wild sarsaparilla flowers look similar to those of wild leek, but wild leek flowers smell like onions, and the plants have no leaves at the time of flowering.

• Family: Ginseng (Araliaceae)
• Habitat: dry open woods
• Height: 1-2 feet
• Flower size: tiny; flower clusters 1-1/2 to 2 inches wide
• Flower color: pale green to white
• Flowering time: May to July
• Origin: native

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Aralia nudicaulis
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Wild sarsaparilla has blue berries, which ripen in mid-summer.

Last updated November 13, 2005. © 2005 Connecticut Botanical Society. All rights reserved.