Aralia nantouensis S.S.Ying
Aralia spinifolia is a deciduous shrub growing up to 3 metres tall. The banches have dense, flat prickles 1 - 10mm long[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.
E. Asia - southeast China
Mountain slopes, open woods, forest margins, ravines, roadsides; at elevations from 200 - 800 metres[
Species in this genus generally grow best in a good deep loam and a semi-shady position[
]. Require a sheltered position[
]. Plants are hardier when grown in poorer soils[
The plant (part not specified) is used for washing boils[
Seed - best sown as soon as ripe in a cold frame. Stored seed requires 3 - 5 months of cold stratification. Germination usually takes place within 1 - 4 months at 20°c[
]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in light shade in a greenhouse for at least their first winter. Once the plants are 25cm or more tall, they can be planted out into their permanent positions, late spring or early summer being the best time to do this.
Root cuttings 8cm long, early winter in a cold frame[
]. Store the roots upside down in sand and pot up in early to mid spring. High percentage[
Division of suckers in late winter[
]. Very easy, the suckers can be planted out direct into their permanent positions if required.