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Mike's Blog - Day 207

A peculiar shrub for you today from China, Acanthopanax henryii, growing near the Oriental gazebo.

Here it is in close-up.

You can perhaps see the resemblance to common Ivy in its seed heads. It’s in the same family.

It’s sometimes called “thorny Ginseng”, Acantho meaning thorny, which you will know if you grow Acanthus.

True Ginseng is Panax. Ginseng is well known for its “all healing” properties, so it makes sense to name plants in Ginseng family “Panax”, after Panacea, the Greek goddess of universal health.

Of course Acanthopanax has had a name change. It’s now Eleutherococcus henryii.