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Asarum canadense

Also called Canadian Ginger


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More About Asarum canadense

  • Deep red to brown flowers
  • Flowers are hidden under velvety dark green heart-shaped foliage
  • Native to the Ontario woodlands
  • Bloom Time: Late spring

Interesting Notes:

Native to Ontario

Asarum canadensis should not be confused with the culinary ginger, Zingiber officinale, although Native Americans dried the roots as a ginger substitute. 

 

 

Zone:

4

Height:

20-30 cm

Spread:

30-50 cm

Colour:

Red
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Wild Ginger Growing and Maintenance Tips

Shade-loving perennial, native to Ontario woodlands. Easy to grow ground cover spreading by rhizomes. Asarum can tolerate different amounts of moisture, from average to wet, but not prolonged wet. Grows best in a well-drained, acidic soil. No significant disease or pest issues. 

 


Asarum canadense Characteristics

Partial Sun/Shade
Partial Sun/Shade
Full Shade
Full Shade
Low Maintenance
Low Maintenance
Native to Ontario
Native to Ontario
Fragrant
Fragrant
Ground cover
Ground cover

Soil Moisture

Well-drained
Moist to Average
Moist to Wet Soils

Growth Rate

Slow

Flowering Time

Lt. Spr-Sum

Habit

Spreading

Foliage Color

Green

Landscape uses

Border/edging
Naturalizing
Woodland/woods edge

 Suitable Substitutions for Asarum canadense

Asarum europaeum

Asarum europaeum

European Ginger