2020 Perennial Plant of the Year

Aralia cordata 'Sun King'

Golden Japanese Spikenard

Aralia cordata ÔSun KingÕ

Photo Credit: Stonehouse Nursery

Aralia cordata ÔSun KingÕ

Photo Credit: Susan Martin


Aralia cordata 'Sun King'

Golden Japanese Spikenard

An essential plant for creating a backdrop for smaller perennials and shrubs in shade gardens. Quickly matures into a gorgeous specimen of glowing gold, compound foliage in part sun; bright chartreuse in more shade. White satellite-like flowers turn into black berries in fall. Introduced to the US by Barry Yinger.

Plant Details

  • Zone: 3 - 9
  • Height: 3-5'
  • Spread: 3-5'
  • Exposure: Part Shade
  • Soil Moisture: High Water Needs, Moderate Water Needs
  • Drought tolerant: No
  • Bloom time: Late Summer, Midsummer
  • Foliage Color: Chartreuse Shades
  • Flower Color: White Shades
  • Fragrant: No
  • Good Cut Flower: No
  • Native: Not native to North America
  • Deer resistant: Yes
  • Rabbit resistant: No
  • Bee-friendly: Yes
  • Attracts butterflies: No
  • Attracts hummingbirds: No
  • Groundcover: No
  • Roy Diblik Favorite: No

Plant Details

  • Zone: 3 - 9
  • Height: 3-5'
  • Spread: 3-5'
  • Exposure: Part Shade
  • Soil Moisture: High Water Needs, Moderate Water Needs
  • Drought tolerant: No
  • Bloom time: Late Summer, Midsummer
  • Foliage Color: Chartreuse Shades
  • Flower Color: White Shades
  • Fragrant: No
  • Good Cut Flower: No
  • Native: Not native to North America
  • Bee-friendly: Yes
  • Deer resistant: Yes
  • Rabbit resistant: No
  • Attracts butterflies: No
  • Attracts hummingbirds: No
  • Groundcover: No
  • Roy Diblik Favorite: No

Grower Information

  • PowerPlug Size(s): 32s
  • Optimal Planting Time: Spring
  • Retail Sales Window: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Moisture in Production: Average, Consistent
  • Requires Shade in Production: Yes
  • Vernalization Required for Bloom: No
  • Vernalization Beneficial: Yes