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/Lavender Flower
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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