Devil's Walking Stick - Prickly Ash
Aralia spinosa Linnaeus
Araliaceae (Ginseng) Family

Devil's Walking Stick is also known as Hercules’ Club, Angelica Tree and Tear Blanket.

Plant is an upright shrub with spiny stems and trunk. Preferred habitat is woodland edges, savannas and stream banks. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

Leaves are compound (aligned opposite along the stem) with leaflets widest at the middle; egg-shaped and having leaf stalks. Leaf margins are toothed.

Flowers are in a panicle at the end of the stem and in forms a umbel; male and female flowers are on separate stems; five sepals or no sepals at all; five petals that are white to greenish-white; five stamens. Flowers occur in the summer.

Fruit is a drupe.

The fruit of this shrub was once used for dying hair black. Some people develop a
dermatitis after handling the plant parts.

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