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Canada Wildginger - Plant

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The fleshy rootstock, which has a strong, gingery flavor, can create a crowded network on the woodland floor, resulting in a dense ground cover of Wild ginger.
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Description for Canada Wildginger

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.

This low, colony-forming perennial grows only 4-8 in. high. Each plant bears a pair of large, velvety, heart-shaped leaves. Growing at ground level in the crotch between 2 leafstalks is a single darkish red-brown to green-brown flower. The solitary flower is at ground level, hidden below the leaves.

Common nameFlower coloursBloom timeHeightDifficulty
wild ginger,Asarum canadense,Canadian wild ginger Red , Green , Purple April to May0.50 to 1.00 feeteasy to grow

Planting and 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.

SunlightSoilWaterTemperatureFertilizer
Full Sunwell-drained soilmediumminus 40F.Apply any organic fertilizer

Caring for Canada Wildginger

    Due to their shallow growing rhizomes, the fastest and easiest method of propagating mat forming Wild Ginger plants is by cutting sections of the rhizome, each containing a pair of leaves, into 2"-3" pieces in the spring.

Typical uses of Canada Wildginger

Special features: Usually grown as a ground cover in shady areas. Woodland gardens, native plant gardens or naturalized areas. Also may be used for edging.

Culinary use:

Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purpose

Medicinal use: cantharophilic, sometimes myophilic

References

  • http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=b460
  • http://www.thegardenhelper.com/wild_ginger.html

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