I stumbled upon this plant in the bush north of Highway 118 near Bancroft today. At first, I thought it was a blackberry “on steroids” but, by doing a little research, I found out that it is a Spikenard. I had never seen that one before.
Ulrike Kullik, Marmora
Note: Spikenard (Aralia racemosa) is in the Ginseng Family. The roots of this stout perennial herb are large and have a spicy aroma. Historically, the ground roots have been used to t
reat asthma, coughs and rheumatism. The roots are still used to make tea and root beer. D.M.