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Usually grown as a ground cover in shady areas. Woodland gardens, native plant gardens or naturalized areas. Also may be used for edging.
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About 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, ¾inch, deep maroon flowers in the spring.

Plant Specifications

*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
Common Name wild ginger
Maximum Reachable Height 0.50 to 1.00 feet
Flower Colour greenish-purple flowers
Bloom Time April to May
Difficulty Level easy to grow

Planting and care

Wild ginger prefers fertile, moist, well-drained soil. Easy to grow.

Asarum canadense 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.

Sunlight Part shade to full shade
Watering Medium to wet
Soil well-drained soil
Temperature 40°F.
Fertilizer Apply for organic fertilizer

Asarum canadense special feature

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.

Asarum canadense uses

Ornamental Use:

  • Good, low groundcover for Eastern woodlands and shaded landscapes

Medicinal Use:

  • Stimulant, carminative, tonic, diaphoretic, diuretic

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

Frequently Asked Questions

What is another name for a Asarum canadense ?

Asarum canadense is commonly known as wild ginger

How tall do Asarum canadense grow?

On average Asarum canadense grows 0.50 to 1.00 feet

What color are Asarum canadense ?

A Asarum canadense plant bears flowers of color greenish-purple flowers

When Asarum canadense blooms?

With enough light, Asarum canadense may produce greenish-purple flowers flowers in April to May

How hard is Asarum canadense to grow?

A Asarum canadense is easy to grow

How much sunlight does a Asarum canadense need?

A Asarum canadense prefers Part shade to full shade

How much water does a Asarum canadense need?

A Asarum canadense prefers watering Medium to wet

What kind of soil does a Asarum canadense need?

A Asarum canadense prefers well-drained soil

What temperature does a Asarum canadense like?

A Asarum canadense prefers 40°F.

How often should I fertilize my Asarum canadense ?

To encourage Asarum canadense growth, Apply for organic fertilizer


Tuesday, 21 January 2020

?How many years will it live?

Vijay Choudhary

Friday, 22 November 2019

Plant received looks good. However, exact review can be given after the plant starts to grow.

Suratika Gautam

Thursday, 21 November 2019

Tried my self 90% germination rate.Go for it

Parvati Gujju
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