Jun. 26, 2018

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Here you can see the rest of wild sarsaparilla.  Other aralias have the flowers on their leafy stems, hence nudicaulis, which means naked stem.  Sarsaparilla!  I wonder if some of the popularity was just because of the name.  In addition to candy, sarsaparilla was a medicine (or was believed to be), and a soft drink.  Now we have root beer, sassafras candy and better medicine.  Don't yearn so much for the good old less tasty days!