Taxon  Report   504 
Aralia californica  S. Watson
California spikenard,  Elk's clover, Elkclover, Prairie sagewort
Aralia californica
© 2006 Julie Kierstead Nelson
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Aralia californica
© 2006 Julie Kierstead Nelson
Aralia californica
© 2009 Neal Kramer
Aralia californica, a dicot, is a perennial herb that is native to California and is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America.

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Aralia californica
© 2009 Terry Dye
Genus: Aralia
Yellow Pine Forest, Foothill Woodland, Chaparral, Valley Grassland, (many plant communities), wetland-riparian
Wetlands: Arid West: Occurs usually in wetlands, occasionally in non wetlands
Mountains, Valleys and Coast: Equally likely to occur in wetlands and non wetlands
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Accepted by JEF + PLANTS + JM93
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Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
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Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation,
with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria.
[web application]. 2018. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization].
Available:   (Accessed: Jul 21, 2018).

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