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Asarum canadense (Canadian wildginger)
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Asarum canadense

Canadian wildginger

An attractive native groundcover for moist shade, wild ginger spreads slowly via underground rhizomes. Lustrous dark green, kidney-shaped foliage usually obscure the unique brown jug-like flowers. Will naturalize; incorporate into a native plant garden or woodland display.

SIZE
Asarum canadense LP32 - 32 per flat Availability
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Height

6-12 Inches

Spread

12-18 Inches

Spacing

8-10 Inches

Bloom Color

Red

USDA Hardiness Zone 4-6

Canadian wildginger Interesting Notes

This deciduous perennial groundcover has unique velvety green, heart-shaped leaves and is a great addition to the spring woodland garden. Asarum canadense requires partial shade to full shade. It prefers moist, well-drained, acid soils, but is tolerant of some drought. Asarum canadense grows slowly but naturalizes nicely in the garden, becoming virtually maintenance free. Wild ginger’s distinctive bell-shaped maroon to brown flowers are hidden underneath the 6” tall foliage at the base of the plant. Wild ginger makes a good companion with Fothergilla gardeniiUvularia sessilifolia, Jeffersonia diphyllaMaianthemum stellatumPolystichum acrostichoidesPachysandra procumbens and other woodland wildflowers. - Mt. Cuba Center

The roots produce a scent reminiscent of culinary ginger, though the plants are not related.

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Shade
Full Shade
Part Sun
Part Sun
Moist
Moist
Songbird-friendly
Songbird-friendly
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Groundcover
Groundcover

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Well-Drained
Average
Plug Type
Landscape Plug™
Green Infrastructure
Woodland
Attributes
Ornamental Foliage
Native to North America
Ephemeral
Propagation Type
Vegetative