Asarum canadense

Common name: Wild Ginger

Native plant

The single best shade, native ground cover there is. Not very tall, only reaching 10” at the biggest. The leaves are a very dark green and fuzzy to the touch, plus they’re heart shape. How can you go wrong so far? The flowers are held below the leaves almost on the ground and, and from what I understand, are pollinated by a beetle. The flowers look the same before and after pollination. For best results we’d recommend that they be planted in light shade to shade (or morning sun if you have it) in soils that are anything but heavy clay.

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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry), Moist Mesic

Light exposure


Bloom period


Urban environment

Compacted/New Construction Soils

Growth form

Ground cover, Rhizomatous/stoloniferous

Growth rate


Flower color



Mature height
8 Inches
Mature width
1 Feet
Max height
10 Inches
Max width
6 Feet

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