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Asarum canadense

Wild Ginger / Canadian Wildginger

Wild ginger is a native, spring wildflower that makes a lovely groundcover with its satiny, heart-shaped leaves. Pollinated by ants, its unique purplish brown flowers appear beneath the leaves in spring. Flowers are quite attractive on close inspection, but are usually hidden from view by the foliage. The leaves of Asarum have a spicy fragrance when crushed, but shouldn't be eaten. The roots are edible and can be used as a flavoring like ginger.

Benefits

Attracts butterflies
Larval host to pipevine swallowtail butterfly
Makes an excellent ground cover, prevents erosion
Unique flowers in May, attractive foliage
Tolerates deep shade

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Asarum canadense grows best in full to dappled shade in moist, rich soils. To use as a groundcover plant one per square foot and water well on planting and through dry periods during the first year. 


Height
4-10 Inches

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Spread
12-24 Inches

USDA Hardiness Zone 4-6

Native Range

Wild Ginger is found in rich woods and on wooded slopes in most states east of the Rockies.

Distribution Maps by State and County

Native Trivia

The name wild ginger is misleading. It is not the culinary ginger found at your grocery store. The leaves and stems when broken smell like ginger hence the name.


"Groundcovers stabilize soils, protecting habitat and keeping streams clean."

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
Low Perennials
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Shade
Soil
Acidic
Humus-rich
Well-drained
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Moist
Moist but well-drained
Wet
Attracts Wildlife
Beneficial insects
Butterflies
Bloom Time
Late Spring / Early Summer
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Native Habitat
Forest
Foliage Color
Green
Uses
Bog, water garden
Border
Edging
Erosion control
Evergreen
Ground cover
Mass plant
Naturalizes
Native to
Alabama
Arkansas
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Georgia
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Vermont
Virginia
West Virginia
Wisconsin