European wild ginger

Asarum europaeum

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
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European wild ginger (Asarum europaeum)
ah-SAR-um yur-oh-PAY-um
Genus:  Asarum
European wild ginger is a low-growing groundcover with glossy, evergreen, heart-shaped leaves. Its unusual purple-brown flowers lie mostly concealed beneath foliage.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  This plant makes a great groundcover.
Propagation:  Sow seed in containers as soon as ripe. Some species self sow. Divide carefully in early spring.
Problems:  Slugs and snails. Rust and leaf gall.

Overview

Height
Less than 6 in.
Spread
6 in. to 12 in.
Growth Habit
Spreads
Light
Part Shade to Full Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Late Spring,
Spring
Flower Color
Purple
Foliage Color
Evergreen
Uses
Beds and Borders
Style
Container,
Cottage Garden,
Herb Garden,
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Perennials

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