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Asarum shuttleworthii

The 70 or so species making up this genus are mainly evergreen, low-growing, and rhizomatous woodland perennials from Europe, East Asia, and North America. They are grown for their heart-shaped or kidney-shaped, glossy, sometimes marbled leaves that conceal unusual-looking pitcher-shaped flowers that are malodorous. Wild gingers make nice ground covers or woodland garden plants. Their rhizomes are aromatic.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsLarge, glossy leaves and unusual, hidden, pitcher-shaped flowers. Mostly evergreen.

CareWild ginger likes partial to full shade and organically rich, moist but well-drained soil. It prefers a neutral to acidic pH.

PropagationAs soon as the seeds are ripe, sow them in containers in a cold frame. Divide carefully in early spring.

ProblemsSlugs and snails, mostly in spring; leaf gall; rust

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