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!