Asarum canadense - Plant
Description for Asarum canadense
Canadian Snakeroot is a deciduous species of Wild Ginger that is native to the woodlands of eastern North America. They grow 6inch-8inch tall, forming a dense, mat of dull green, 3inch-5inch, heart shaped leaves on hairy stems. They produce inconspicuous, Â¾inch, deep maroon flowers in the spring.
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|wild ginger||greenish-purple flowers||April to May||0.50 to 1.00 feet||easy to grow|
Planting and care
Easily 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.
|Part shade to full shade||well-drained soil||Medium to wet||40Â°F.||Apply for organic fertilizer|
Caring for Asarum canadense
- Wild ginger prefers fertile, moist, well-drained soil. Easy to grow.
Typical uses of Asarum canadense
Special features: 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.
Culinary use: The root of this spring flower has a strong ginger-like odor and, when cooked with sugar, can be used as a substitute for ginger.
Ornamental use: Good, low groundcover for Eastern woodlands and shaded landscapes.
Medicinal use: Stimulant, carminative, tonic, diaphoretic, diuretic.
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Does best in rich, well-draining soil.