In spite of its threatening name, devil's club (Oplopanax horridum) is a plant with a potential array of beneficial uses. A member of the Aralia family, it may prove to be a local, cheaper and more environmentally sound alternative to ginseng for people living in the Northwest. This herb is familiar to those who hike the wetter parts of the Cascade range. It favors areas dominated by red cedar riparian thickets, and generally deeply-shaded spaces. Standing three to ten feet tall, with large protective leaves and a very spiny stem, it grows from previous growth.
Devil's club (Oplopanax horridus)
Discusses the medicinal herb devil's club (Oplopanas horridus) found in moist and well drained forested ecosystem. Description of the plant; Information on the reported traditional medical appli...