Asarum canadense
[Heart-leaf Wild Ginger]

Size (ships bareroot) - Bulb or rootlet

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Under 12 in. Shade Spring Purple 5 - 9

Basically a stemless plant which features two downy, heart-shaped to kidney-shaped, leaves with very interesting molting. The cup-shaped, purplish brown flowers are quite attractive on close inspection, but bloom singly on or near the ground and are usually hidden from view by the foliage. Although not related to culinary ginger the roots of this plant produce a similar scent. Fresh or dried roots were used by early Americans as a ginger substitute. Not bothered by deer.


Easily grown in humus rich medium moisture, well-drained soil in part shade to full shade. Slow to moderate grower; in the early spring months be careful when walking or raking out woodland gardens. Nursery grown not collected from the wild.

Other Attributes:
Groundcover Deer Resistant
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