Upright wild ginger

Saruma henryi

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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Upright wild ginger (Saruma henryi)
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Genus:  Saruma

Saruma henryi is as sublime as it is uncommon. Its velvety leaves and distinctively shaped, soft yellow flowers make it a superb specimen in a shady border, where it can contrast with more finely textured plants.

Noteworthy Characteristics: 

Saruma bears stems and leaves that are densely pubescent, giving the plant an overall silvery felted look early in the season. Its one-inch, pale yellow flowers have three petals and are borne at the tips of each stem in spring and intermittently through late summer. It forms an upright perennial, 2 feet high by 2.5 feet wide, with heart-shaped leaves that fan out horizontally in all directions. This Chinese native is choice for the woodland garden as a single specimen or in drifts.

Care: 

Grow in partial to full shade in moist or slightly dry, well-drained soil; tolerates both alkaline and acid soils.

Propagation: 

Sow seed while fresh. Propagates easily by tissure culture.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Part Shade Only
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Showy Flowers,
Showy Foliage,
Showy Seed Heads
Bloom Time
Summer
Flower Color
Primrose Yellow,
Greenery
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Ground Covers,
Poisonous,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point
Style
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Perennials