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Picture of Wild sarsaparilla Picture of Wild sarsaparilla
Wild sarsaparilla
Aralia nudicaulis L.


Plant Description:

  • A single leaf on a stalk that divides into 3 parts, then divides into 3 or 5 leaflets that are oval in shape and pointed at the end
  • Leaflets are dark green on top and pale green on bottom
  • Flowers are green; fruits are green when immature and purplish-black when mature
  • Natives would chew on the roots for energy
  • Can be made into a tea to treat heart pain, stomach upset and liver problems
  • Woods Cree natives used this plant's teas to treat infected gums of teething babies and pneumonia
  • Found at Stop 1 - on the Intrepretive Nature Trail


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-Sourced from Budd's Flora of the Canadian Prairie Provinces, 1979 and
Plants of the Western Boreal Forest & Aspen Parkland, 1995.
Refer to references for full publication details.

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