Wild ginger Asarum canadense http://www.sunlightgardens.comPhoto/Illustration: Courtesy of Sunlight Gardens, www.sunlightgardens.com 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 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 Greenery Style Woodland Garden Seasonal Interest Spring Interest Type Perennials Asarum canadenseView the discussion thread.