Ah, Wild Ginger. This is a funny little plant that most people would pass right by without a second glance.
A fantastic ground cover for shade gardens, beneath trees, or lining a woodland path, this little plant likes moist soil so be sure to keep that in mind when deciding where to plant.
Wild ginger is low growing, has lovely green heart-shaped leaves, and while it does produce very unique flowers, they grow underneath the foliage and become a fun surprise when you part the leaves. The unique flowers are belived to be pollinated by non-flying insects as they lay flat on the ground.
Wild ginger is said to be edible, but it isn’t the same as culinary ginger, and apparently has quite a kick to it. While we would recommend sticking to the culinary ginger unless you research this species well, there is a detailed write-up here if you are looking to explore its usage.
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Asarum canadense (Wild ginger)
SIZE: type: herbaceous perennial sun needs: part sun/part shade, shade water needs: average, moist height: 4-8" plant spacing: 2/sq ft bloom time: April, May, June bloom color: brown, red
good plant companions
bloodroot, trilium, wild leek, hepatica, columbine, Dutchman's breeches, and maidenhair fern
deer resistant (please note that does not mean deer proof)