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

Forb

Soil type

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

Light exposure

Shade

Bloom period

Spring

Urban environment

New Construction

Growth form

Ground cover, Rhizomatous/stoloniferous

Growth rate

Moderate

Flower color

Maroon

Size

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

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