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Asarum canadense

Common Name(s):
Canadian wild ginger, Wild Ginger
Categories:
Groundcover, Native Plants, Wildflowers
Comment:

Spreads by rhizomes; poor drought tolerance; root has ginger-like flavor; spreads by creeping underground stems

Season:
Late spring
Height:
6-12 in.
Hardiness:
3 to 8
Foliage:
Pair of heart-shaped, leathery, dull gray-green, very veined leaves; 3- to 6-in. long; covered with fine hairs
Flower:
Solitary, bell-shaped flower, often hidden among the fallen leaves; three spreading or recurved, pointed, brownish-purple lobes, flowers in mid-spring; fleshy fruit
Habit:
Deciduous
Site:
Light to moderate shade; humus, rich, moist soil; rich moist woods; often rocky sites
Size:
4-6 in.
Form:
Low mat
Growth Rate:
Slow
Life Cycle:
Perennial
Tags:
deciduous

NCCES plant id: 244

Asarum canadense Asarum canadense
Jon Sullivan, CC BY-NC-2.0
Asarum canadense Asarum canadense
Dan Nydick, CC BY-NC-2.0
Asarum canadense Asarum canadense- small cluster of leaves
Leiloah Thiel, CC BY-ND-2.0
Asarum canadense Asarum canadense
Joshua Mayer, CC-BY-SA-2.0
Asarum canadense Asarum canadense
Joshua Mayer, CC BY-NC-2.0