Asarum canadense (Common or Canadian Wild Ginger)


Asarum canadense, Common or Canadian Wild Ginger Ground Cover Colony, Flowers Height: 1⁄2–1 foot Spread: 1–11⁄2 feet Bloom Color: Brown-purple Characteristics 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 Attributes Tolerates wet soil and dense shade; drought- intolerant No serious pests or diseases; snails and slugs may feed on leaves in early spring Deer rarely damage (may browse on occasion) Ethnobotanic uses; therapeutic uses (sedative, fever reducer); discouraged as substitute for culinary ginger as it may have toxic compounds Larval host for Pipevine Swallowtail butterflyGrowing and Maintenance TipsSoil Requirements: Acidic (prefers), well-drained Light Requirements: Partial Shade, Shade Water Requirements: Moist Divide mature plants early fall Use as edging, in rain, shade or woodland gardens, or massed on slopes to control erosion Hardiness: USDA Zones 4–6 Excellent Replacement for Glechoma hederacea - Ground Ivy Hedera helix - English Ivy Liriope speciesOrnithogalum nutans & O. umbellatum - Nodding Star-of-Bethlehem & Sleepydick Pachysandra terminalis - Japanese PachysandraVinca minor - Periwinkle

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