PLANT PROFILE

 

NAME: Devilís Walking Stick

LATIN NAME / FAMILY:  Aralia spinose / Araliaceae

OTHER COMMON NAME(S):  Hercules' Club

CONDITIONS: sun/shade
 

PARTS:

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TASTE

RAW/COOK

SEASON

All

 

 

 

 

Shoots

celery

COOK

Spring/Summer

Leaves

 

RAW/CHOP/COOK

Spring/Summer

Stalk/Stem

 

 

 

 

Buds

       

Flowers

 

 

 

 

Fruits

 

 

 

 

Pods

 

 

   

Seeds

 

 

 

 

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Roots

 

 

 

 

Bark

 

 

 

 

 

PORTION: small

 

COMMENT: Shoots cooked, make good celery substitute, young leaves raw or cooked (4) Young leaves - cooked. The leaves usually have a number of slender prickles, they must be gathered before the prickles harden and are then chopped finely and used as a potherb.(1)

 

CAUTION: Very thorny. Handling the roots can cause dermatitis in some people. Large amounts of the berries are poisonous.(1)

 

NUTRITION/MEDICINAL:  Alterative;  Analgesic;  Diaphoretic;  Ophthalmic;  Sialagogue;  Stimulant. Analgesic.(1) American Indians used The Club for a range of ailments,

to treat toothaches for thousands of years, with a natural kind of topical novacaine found in all parts to varying degrees.  The Club also has chelerythrine, which in the lab is effective against  resistant staphylococcus, a little nasty bug one picks up in hospitals.(2)

 

LOOK-A-LIKES:  

 

POISONOUS LOOK-A-LIKES: 

 

OTHER USES: great for pollinators

 

SOURCE LINKS (may include nutritional and medicinal info, plus other uses):

  1. https://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Aralia+spinosa
  2. http://www.eattheweeds.com/hercules-club-speak-softly-but
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aralia_spinosa
  4. http://www.foragingtexas.com/2008/09/devils-walking-stick.html  (good photos)
  5. http://www.indefenseofplants.com/blog/2016/8/24/the-devils-walking-stick