Wide, heart-shaped leaves of Asarum canadense (Wild Ginger) grown in quart-sized containers.

Asarum canadense (Wild Ginger) Unity Grown

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Asarum canadense, commonly called wild ginger or Canadian wild ginger, is a low-growing groundcover plant that is capable of forming large colonies by way of its thick, rhizomatic roots. Although unrelated to true gingers (Genus: Zingiber), wild ginger roots have a mild, gingery aroma and have been used as a ginger substitute since the early colonial era, though their use has fallen off in recent years.

Wild ginger typically grows to less than a foot tall with wide, deeply-lobed, round to heart-shaped leaves. From April to June, Asarum canadense produces small purple to brown flowers at the joining point of two leaves near ground level. Performing best in partial to full shade, wild ginger is tolerant of deer and rabbit browsing, heavy wet soils, and can help to mitigate erosion. With large, dark green leaves and colonial habits, wild ginger is an excellent native ornamental for shaded beds, woodland gardens, and for underplanting in a variety of locations.

This selection of wild ginger was grown from the ground up, here at Unity Church Hill Nursery.

Native to U.S., Native to Maryland, Native to Eastern Shore, and Straight Species
Mature Plant Height: Very Short: under 12"
Full Shade (less than 4 hours of sun) and Part Shade/Sun (4-6 hours of sun)
Soil Moisture: Medium to Wet and Well-drained
Soil Type: Acidic, Average, and Wide Tolerance
Bloom Time: Spring and Summer
Flower Color: Purple
Foliage color: Green
Features: Groundcover, Fragrant, Host Plant for Butterflies or Moths, and Erosion Control
Tolerances: Deer Tolerant, Rabbit Tolerant, Clay Soil Tolerant, Wet Soil Tolerant, and Shade Tolerant
Garden Type: Woodland Garden, Small Space, and Rain Garden

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