Asarum canadense - Wild Ginger

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Part Shade ShadeButterfly FriendlyBird Friendly Deer ResistantRain Garden 


Wild Ginger
Asarum canadense

Rounded, deep green, cup-like leaves form a tight, spreading bun of green that offers protection to woodland critters as well as small, purple flowers that are located at the base of the leaf stem in the spring. 

  • Prefers moist soil, but will tolerate drier soils
  • Great food source for many Swallowtails
  • Unique leaf shape offers great interest and cover
  • Foliage becomes larger in deep shade
  • A refined groundcover and great for critter cover

Native Range

Shaded, moist well drained wooded areas from Maine west to North Dakota south to Georgia, Louisiana and Oklahoma.


Map Credit: The Biota of North America 
Map Key: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)


The fresh and dried roots of Asarum canadense were previously used by foragers in cooking as an early ginger substitute. 



 Thrives in moist, well-drained soil and shade and is a controlled spreader.


Mature Size: 8-10" T x 8-10" W

Hardiness Zone: 3 - 6 

Sun Exposure: Part Shade to Full Shade


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