This handsome, fragrant plant creates a striking groundcover at the base of tall trees in woodland gardens, since the large heart-shaped leaves create a low, solid, dark green carpet. The flowers are barrel-shaped, nodding under the leaves with three reddish-brownish triangular petals. Like many other plants with attractive leaves, this famous wildflower is grown almost exclusively for its decorative foliage. As for the common name, this eastern woodland plant is no relation to the culinary gingers, which are tropical plants. Wild ginger spreads somewhat rapidly and is a favorite feature in fine, shaded wildflower collections, often used as a contrast companion plant for more showy species such as maidenhair, trilliums and violets.
Botanical Name: Asarum canadense
- Striking, dark green heart-shaped leaves up to 6″ diameter
- Unusual reddish flower in Spring, hidden beneath foliage
- 6″-12″ height, great groundcover
- Naturalizes well
- Evergreen leaves
- Shipped as mature, live bareroot plants
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- Zones 4,5,6,7