Wild Ginger

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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. Just beautiful in the shade garden. Not the famous spice! (Asarum canadense)

Zones 4 - 7
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Native
Native
Multiplies / Naturalizes
Multiplies / Naturalizes
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Full Shade
Full Shade
Mature Plant Size 6-12" tall, 12-18" wide
Bloom Time Mid to late spring
SKU 1FASA3
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.
Associated SKUs
1ASAG
1FASA3 (Bag of 3)
1ASA3 (Bag of 3) - Out of stock.
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.
Native Yes
Planting Time Fall
Soil Type Loamy Soil, Moist/Wet Soil, Acidic Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Moist/Wet, Well Draining
Advantages Deer Resistant, Native, Multiplies / Naturalizes
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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American MeadowsWild Ginger
 
3.0

(based on 7 reviews)

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    (2)

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    • Was this a gift?:
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5.0

Love my location

By 

from Virginia

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Pros

  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Hardy
  • Healthy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • Outdoors

    Comments about American Meadows Wild Ginger:

    I planted the Wild Ginger in several locations. My original order was substituted with a darker variety, and it loves my location: Zone 7B, Shade, medium soil, did best in the areas which are watered more frequently.
    I plan to purchase more!

    • Primary use:
    • Personal

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Wait & see.

    By 

    from Janesville, WI

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    Comments about American Meadows Wild Ginger:

    The firup st plants I ordered looked dried up when they arrived. Not knowing what they should look like, I planted them but they did not grow. The company replaced them. I received two healthy looking plants and one plant that had the shoot broken. So far the two healthy plants are doing well but the third plant doen't look like it will servive.

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    • Personal
     
    2.0

    The jury is still out

    By 

    from Pekin, Il

    Pros

    • Low Maintenance

    Cons

    • Slow growing

    Best Uses

      Comments about American Meadows 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.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      They never came up

      By 

      from Carbondale IL

      Pros

        Cons

        • Plants Never Came Up

        Best Uses

          Comments about American Meadows 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.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          1 out of 3 were Wild Ginger

          By 

          from Crownsville, MD

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          Comments about American Meadows 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.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Love my Wild Ginger

          By 

          from Atlanta, Georgia

          Pros

            Cons

            • Took several months

            Best Uses

            • Pretty plant for shade

            Comments about American Meadows 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

            By 

            from Northern Virginia

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            Pros

            • Very green - healthy

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about American Meadows 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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