American Spikenard is just finishing flowering in our woodlands. The tiny white flowers are insignificant on their own, but because they are clustered in umbels that make up a branched panicle, the whole panicle can be quite showy.
Spikenard is a very attractive plant and can be utilized with great effect massed in any woodland garden. It grows well under trees, as a backdrop to shorter woodland perennials or layered with ephemerals that go dormant early - such as Virginia Bluebells.
Many native plant nurseries cultivate this plant, so if you have the right location, there's a good chance you can find a local source.
|Kartesz, J.T., The Biota of North America Program (BONAP).|
2011. North American Plant Atlas. Chapel Hill, N.C.
American Spikenard is native to eastern North American as well as the southwest states. See map for range.