Asarum canadense - Plant
Common name: Wild Ginger Asarum acuminatum, Asarum canadense var. acuminatum
Color: greenish-purple flowers
Bloom time: April to May
Height: 0.50 to 1.00 feet
Difficulty level: easy to grow
Planting & Care
Wild Ginger plants should be grown in a site with light to deep shade, but they will appreciate a little morning sun. Asarums are sometimes capable live in poor, dry soil but the result will be very unsatisfactory.For Gingers to thrive, they should be planted in moist, humus rich, slightly acidic, well-drained soil. Add plenty of compost and fallen conifer needles (if available) to the soil at planting time.
Sunlight: Part shade to full shade
Soil: well-drained soil
Water: Medium to wet
Fertilizer: Apply for organic fertilizer
- Panda Face Ginger is a fairly rare, clump forming species from China that grows to about 6" tall and a foot wide.
- Their shiny, heart shaped, 3" leaves are dark green with silvery-green marbling.
The velvety, 2"-2½" flowers of the Panda Face are fleshy, white trumpets bordered with a wide band of dark purple or black, and often remain un-noticed as they peak out from beneath the foliage, unless you are willing to get down on your knees.
- Panda Face Ginger is an awesome addition to any shade garden.
This is a first-rate groundcover plant for shady areas, native to the woodlands of Eastern North America. It forms a solid patch of downy green kidney-shaped leaves, with ground-hugging brown flowers hiding beneath.
- It affords a striking exception to the rule, that botanical affinities are capable of indicating the medicinal qualities of vegetables.
- Plant Finder Lawn, Landscape & Garden Design Edible Gardening Advice, Tips & Resources Plants of Merit Sustainable Gardening Gardening Education & Classes Visit the Center for Home Gardening Gardening Help Site MapGardening Help SearchAsarum canadense Back to Previous Page, See Comments More Images Plant of Merit Tried and Trouble-free Recommended by 8 Professionals Species Native to Missouri Common Name: wild ginger Type: Herbaceous perennial Family: Aristolochiaceae Native Range: Manitoba to North Carolina Zone: 4 to 6 Height: 0.
- 50 to 1.
- 00 feet Spread: 1.
- 00 to 1.
- 50 feet Bloom Time: April to May Bloom Description: Purplish brown Sun: Part shade to full shade Water: Medium to wet Maintenance: Low Suggested Use: Ground Cover, Naturalize, Rain Garden Flower: Insignificant Tolerate: Deer, Heavy Shade, Erosion, Wet Soil Garden locations CultureEasily grown in average, medium to wet, well-drained soil, in part shade to full shade.
- Prefers constantly moist, acidic soils in heavy shade.
- Spreads slowly by rhizomes to form an attractive ground cover for shade areas.
- Noteworthy CharacteristicsAsarum canadense, commonly called wild ginger, is a Missouri native spring wildflower which occurs in rich woods and wooded slopes throughout the State.
- Basically a stemless plant which features two downy, heart-shaped to kidney-shaped, handsomely veined, dark green, basal leaves (to 6" wide).
- Cup-shaped, purplish brown flowers (1" wide) appear in spring on short, ground-level stems arising from the crotch between the two basal leaves.
- Flowers are quite attractive on close inspection, but bloom singly on or near the ground and are usually hidden from view by the foliage.
- Although not related to culinary ginger (Zingiber officinale), the roots of this plant produce a scent that is reminiscent thereof.
- Fresh or dried roots were used by early Americans as a ginger substitute, but the plant is not normally used today for culinary purposes.
- Genus name comes from the Latin and Greek name.
- Specific epithet means of Canada but also used to cover north-eastern U.
- by early writers.
- ProblemsNo serious insect or disease problems.
- Slugs and snails can be occasional problems.
- Garden UsesUsually grown as a ground cover in shady areas.
- Woodland gardens, native plant gardens or naturalized areas.
- Also may be used for edging.
for medicinal use, please consult appropriate doctor / physian befor use.
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