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Wild Ginger

Wild Ginger’s large heart-shaped leaves create a low, solid, dark green carpet on the forest floor. The flowers are curious, nodding under the leaves with three deep red triangular petals. Not the famous spice! (Asarum canadense)

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Details:

Zones: 4, 5, 6, 7
Plant Size: 6-12" tall, 12-18" wide
Light: Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
Bloom Time: Mid to late spring
Shipping: Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

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Details
SKU 1ASAG
Common Name Wild Ginger
Botanical Name Asarum canadense
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7
Light Requirements Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
Mature Height 6-12" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 12-18" wide
Bloom Time Mid to late spring
Planting Depth Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Ships As Bare Root
Foliage Heart shaped dark green leaves.
Evergreen N/A
Native Yes
Planting Season Spring / Summer
Soil Type Loamy Soil, Moist/Wet Soil, Acidic Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Moist/Wet, Well Draining
Amount of Rain N/A
Advantages Deer Resistant, Native, Multiplies / Naturalizes
Special Groups N/A
Ideal Region N/A
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Canada No
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Description
This handsome plant is one that 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 curious, 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 Trilliums and violets.
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2.6

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        2.0

        The jury is still out

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        from Pekin, Il

        Pros

        • Low Maintenance

        Cons

        • Slow growing

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          Comments about Wild Ginger:

          I am looking for this to establish as a ground cover around a bush. So far, only one leaf and little else. Hopefully it will be more vigorous next year.

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          • No

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          They never came up

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          from Carbondale IL

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            • Plants Never Came Up

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              Comments about Wild Ginger:

              I wanted to use the wild ginger as ground cover but it never came up. It was planted as per package directions and tended all summer, but it never emerged.

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              • No

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              2.0

              1 out of 3 were Wild Ginger

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              from Crownsville, MD

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                    Comments about Wild Ginger:

                    I was excited to find wild ginger because it is hard to find. I have also heard it was hard to establish, but I was willing to try. One of the roots sent had non-ginger like leaves, but I thought it may have been just young leaves. However, after planting, the plant expanded its leaves, and it is definitely a pussytoes (Antennaria spp) of sorts. The second root also has Antennaria leaves while the third is clearly wild ginger. So, one third of the shipment was the correct plant. All of my other purchases have been great, though.

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Love my Wild Ginger

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                    from Atlanta, Georgia

                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • Took several months

                      Best Uses

                      • Pretty plant for shade

                      Comments about Wild Ginger:

                      I had tried to hard to find Wild Ginger in the Nurseries and it was unavailable. So happy to find it here online. Beautiful plant.

                      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      3.0

                      They are growing

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                      from Northern Virginia

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                      Pros

                      • Very green - healthy

                      Cons

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                          Comments about Wild Ginger:

                          two did sprout - not sure what happened to the third one. maybe when it gets warmer it will appear.

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