Plant DetailShow Menu

Asarum canadense is often confused with:
Asarum splendens Asarum splendens--groundcover--dogtooth77--cc-by-nc-sa-2.0
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Arisaema triphyllum Arisaema triphyllum
Polygonatum Polygonatum spp.
Asarum splendens Asarum splendens--groundcover--dogtooth77--cc-by-nc-sa-2.0

Wild Ginger Asarum canadense

Other Common Name(s):

Other plants called Wild Ginger:

Phonetic Spelling
ah-SAIR-um ka-na-DEN-see
Description

The native form of ornamental ginger has handsome foliage and high shade tolerance making it a great choice for a woodland or shade garden.  Spreads by rhizomes; poor drought tolerance requiring high organic matter soil that is constantly moist.   Light to deep shade; often found on rocky sites.  It does well as an edging or border plant and will naturalize in your garden.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: Slugs and snails can be occasional pests.

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#deciduous#interesting flowers#heavy shade#wildflowers#deep shade#shade tolerant#low maintenance#interesting leaves#erosion control#wet sites#edging#native garden#heart#woodland#fragrant roots#borders
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#deciduous#interesting flowers#heavy shade#wildflowers#deep shade#shade tolerant#low maintenance#interesting leaves#erosion control#wet sites#edging#native garden#heart#woodland#fragrant roots#borders
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Asarum
    Species:
    canadense
    Family:
    Aristolochiaceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    Root has a ginger-like scent, and early Americans used it as a ginger substitute but it is not widely used today.
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Root Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    North America
    Distribution:
    Manatoba to North Carolina
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Deer,erosion, wet soil, and heavy shade.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 6 in. - 1 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 0 ft. 4 in. - 0 ft. 6 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Native Plant
    Wildflower
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Horizontal
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Deep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Wet
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Shape:
    Bell
    Tubular
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    Solitary, bell-shaped flower, often hidden among the fallen leaves; three spreading or recurved, pointed, brownish-purple lobes, flowers in mid-spring April-May.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Blue
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Leathery
    Velvety
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Rosulate
    Leaf Shape:
    Cordate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Pair of heart-shaped, basal leathery, dull gray-green, very veined leaves; 3- to 6-in. long; covered with fine hairs
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Naturalized Area
    Patio
    Small Space
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Native Garden
    Rain Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Erosion
    Heavy Shade
    Wet Soil