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Description: One of the most spiny members of the ginseng family that has proved challenging to introduce. With a natural range to Alaska and Sakhalin although our collection was from the mountains of Washington State USA gathered from a dark steep forest in 2003. Where it formed radiating clumps of unbranched exceptionally sharply prickly stems to only 2.5m long. Bearing palmately lobed prickly leaves to 50cm across on yellow densely pricked petioles with a terminal panicle of red fruit. To be cultivated with consideration, in a moisture retentive cool well drained soil in full to part shade in as cold a position as possible.
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