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European wild ginger

Asarum europaeum

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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 CharacteristicsThis plant makes a great groundcover.

PropagationSow seed in containers as soon as ripe. Some species self sow. Divide carefully in early spring.

ProblemsSlugs and snails. Rust and leaf gall.

  • Genus : Asarum
  • Zones : 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Plant Width : 6 to 12 inches
  • Uses : Containers
  • Bloom Time : Late Spring, Spring
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Light : Partial Shade to Full Shade
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Plant Height : Under 6 inches
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