Landscaping With Devil’s Club Plants
Usually a large shrub belonging to the Araliaceae family, devil’s club plants mainly has its origin in the woodlands of western North America, where the climatic condition is cool and moist. It makes an interesting conversation point in the garden as part of a natural landscaping, with wicked spines and impressive height. Oplopanax devil’s club is perfect for landscaping shady areas of the garden where soil is nitrogen rich and moist. If you are looking for a unique, but native specimen, a devil’s club growing in your garden will provide a wonderful surprise and many seasons of interest. To enjoy this amazing plant in your garden, find it in a native garden center. Never harvest wild plants from nature. Choose a shady to semi-shady location where drainage is good but there is plenty of organic material to keep moisture in the soil. Mulch around the plant after installation. Keep the plant moderately moist but not soggy.
Devil’s club doesn’t need much fertilizing but adding some well-rotted compost or leaf litter around the root zone will enhance its health. Cut off any damaged or dead leaves as they occur. This cousin of wild ginger will drop leaves after a cold snap, but new ones form in early spring. Enjoy the strange architecture of the naked landscaping plant but be careful of those stinging spines!