Aralia spinosa

devil's walkingstick


wildlife plant   wildlife plant   wildlife plant

Use this link to get more info about this plant from the USF Institute for Systematic Botany

Plant Specifics

Form: shrub
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 8-12 ft
Flower Color: flower color      white
Fruit Color: fruit color   fruit color      purple,black
Phenology: deciduous
Noted for: Showy flowers, showy fruits, thorns


Recommended Uses: Specimen plant or background hedge.
Considerations: When its huge triply compound leaves are shed in the fall, only the main thorny stem is left standing through the winter months--hence the name devil's walking stick. In the right situation, it can sucker aggressively.
Propagation: Seed, division.
Availability: FNPS plant sales
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Highly salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand
Soil pH Range: acidic to neutral


wildlife plant   wildlife plant   wildlife plant  
Attracts many pollinators. Birds and other wildlife consume the fruit. birds include nuthatches, orioles, chickadees, titmice, and warblers.
Native Habitats: The edges of dry hammocks and dry hardwood forests.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:


The aromatic spicy roots and fruit were used by early settlers in home remedies, including a cure for toothaches.