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Asarum canadense (Wild Ginger)

Asarum canadense (Wild Ginger)
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Best known for its use as an attractive, low-growing ground cover in a shaded woodland setting, Wild Ginger is also deer-resistant.  It enjoys shaded, moist, somewhat acidic soils and will grow 6" in height and the large heart-shaped leaves can be 6" in diameter. The leaves are shiny when fully opened and the stems are hairy.  Unlike many early spring woodland plants,  Wild Ginger will keep its foliage throughout the season; it will not go dormant so it is a good species to plant among the spring ephemerals that do go dormant.  An attractive dark red flower will appear under the plant early spring but will fade fairly quickly.

Although unpalatable to deer and other mammals, it is an important food source for the Pipevine swallowtail Butterfly.  Many insects are attracted to Wild Ginger, including ants, believed to pollinate the plant.  It's best to propagate this plant by divisions rather than try to get it going from seed. Divide plants in the early spring before they are actively growing or in the fall as they go dormant.

Many Native American Indian tribes used the root of the Wild Ginger plant as a seasoning or to treat colds and fevers.  European Settlers to this continent also learned to use the root as a flavor substitute to the tropical ginger they were used to.  Other common names include Woodland Ginger, Ginger Root, Heart Snakeroot, Indian Ginger, Asarabaca, and Catfoot.

*This species of seed may be difficult and/or slow to germinate and grow to maturity.  Please note the germination code below.

Dormant bare root plants ship each year during optimal transplanting season: Fall (October) or Spring (April/May).


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Catalog Number ASA02F
Seeds / Packet 40
Seeds / Ounce 4,400
Germination Code L, E
Wetland Code FACU
USDA Zones 3-7
Plant Spacing 6-12"
Sun Exposure Shade 
Soil Moisture Wet-Mesic  Mesic (Medium)  Dry-Mesic 
Height 6 inches 
Bloom Color Red 
Bloom Time April  May  June 
Plant Type Wildflowers (Forbs) 
Availability Seeds  Roots 
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12 - 35 $4.20
 
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Asarum canadense (Wild Ginger)
*This map shows the native and adventive range of this species. **Given appropriate habitat and climate, native plants can be grown outside their range.
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Present in state Present in county; native to state Not present in state  
Present in county, adventive in state    
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