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
Deer Resistant,
Native
Bloom Time
Spring
Flower Color
Purple
Style
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Perennials

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