Oplopanax horridus

Devil's Club, Devilsclub

In Stock: 0.412 lb (Total:0.412lb)
  • Oplopanax horridus

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0.41 lb


Germination test:
Cut (Full Seed)
Seeds per lb:
0.41 lb
Collected in:
British Columbia
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Growing Info

Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours
Stratification: warm stratify for 120 days, cold stratify for 120 days, ,
Germination: sow seed 1/4" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed

Other: germination may be delayed until the following year 

Oplopanax horridus, also known as Devil's Club or Devil's walking stick, is a large shrub found in the rainforests of the Pacific Northwest and on some islands in Lake Superior. It is recognized for its large palmate leaves and woody stems, covered in noxious and irritating spines. Many native North American tribes have used it medicinally for its pain-relieving properties, and in vitro studies have shown that extracts of Devil's Club inhibit tuberculosis microbes. The plant is sensitive to human impact and is slow-growing, taking many years to reach seed-bearing maturity. Devil's Club reproduces by forming clonal colonies through a layering process, and it is found in moist, dense forest habitats. The plant has been used ceremonially by some native tribes, and its charcoal has been used to make face paints. However, the consumption of an oral tea made from the plant is most common. It has been marketed as "Alaskan ginseng," but despite some morphological similarities, it is not a true ginseng.

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