Asarum canadense, Wild Ginger

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

Native to rich, deciduous forests in the eastern half of North America, Wild Ginger is common in much of the Mid-Atlantic Region* although infrequent-to-rare in the Coastal Plain. It naturalizes to create a lush ground cover with velvety, heart-shaped leaves. Historically used as a flavor substitute for culinary ginger, consumption today is ill advised. The Virginia Native Plant Society selected Wild Ginger as Wildflower of the Year for 2010.

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Tags: Vinca minor – Periwinkle, Pachysandra terminalis – Japanese Pachysandra, Ornithogalum nutans & O. umbellatum – Nodding Star-of Bethlehem & Sleepydick, Liriope species, Hedera helix – English Ivy, Glechoma hederacea Ground Ivy, USDA Zones 4-6, Acidic (prefers), well-drained, Partial Shade, Shade, Deciduous perennial ground cover, Heart-shaped, veined, medium green basal leaves, Tiny, ground-hugging, bell-shaped flowers appear from April to May, hidden by foliage, Spreads slowly by rhizomes