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Asarum canadense (Wild ginger, Canadian wild ginger)

Asarum canadense Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Sunlight Gardens, www.sunlightgardens.com


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Asarum canadense ah-SAR-um kan-ah-DEN-see Common Name: Wild ginger, Canadian wild ginger Genus: Asarum
The rounded, lustrous leaves of this native plant form an appealing green ground cover. This plant produces beautiful, 2- to 4-inch, glossy green heart-shaped leaves. In spring, you'll find interesting, mauve-purple flowers hidden under its foliage. -Marty Hair, Regional Picks: Upper Midwest, Fine Gardening issue #127
Noteworthy characteristics: This plant's rhizomes have a ginger-like aroma. It spreads by underground stems.
Care: Wild ginger prefers fertile, moist, well-drained soil. Easy to grow.
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.
Height 6 in. to 12 in.
Spread 6 in. to 12 in.
Growth Habit Spreads
Growth Pace Slow Grower
Light Part Shade to Full Shade
Moisture Dry to Medium
Characteristics Native
Bloom Time Spring
Flower Color Purple/ Lavender Flower
Style Shade, Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest Spring Interest, Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Perennials

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