Evergreen wild ginger

Asarum shuttleworthii

Photo/Illustration: 
Paul Moore
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Evergreen wild ginger (Asarum shuttleworthii)
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Genus:  Asarum
This wild ginger is an evergreen groundcover with heart-shaped, shiny leaves that are often marbled. Its interesting brown-purple flowers hide beneath the foliage.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  This is a slow-growing ginger, but worth it.
Care:  Evergreen wild ginger likes morning sun and afternoon shade. It's best to divide this plant to increase its impact.
Propagation:  Sow seed in containers as soon as ripe. 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
Growth Pace
Slow Grower
Light
Part Shade to Full Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Native,
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Late Spring,
Spring
Flower Color
Purple
Foliage Color
Evergreen
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Ground Covers
Style
Cottage Garden,
Shade,
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Perennials

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