Wild ginger

Asarum canadense

Photo/Illustration: 
Courtesy of Sunlight Gardens, www.sunlightgardens.com
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Wild ginger (Asarum canadense)
ah-SAR-um kan-ah-DEN-see
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.

Overview

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
Type
Perennials

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