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Asarum caudatum
Asarum caudatum

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Zones 4-6, 14-24, 31-34
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Asarum caudatum

Wild Ginger
Aristolochiaceae
Evergreen, Ground covers, Perennials

ASARUM

American and European species are handsome evergreen groundcovers, forming a lush, lustrous carpet of heart-shaped leaves. The small, three-cornered, typically brownish red, attractive spring flowers are bell shaped, with three tapering “tails.” Roots and leaves of wild gingers have a scent somewhat like that of culinary ginger, but are not used as seasoning. These will grow in average soil, but spread faster, and are more luxuriant in rich, humusy soil. Start from divisions or container-grown plants; set about a foot apart. Watch for slugs and snails.

Asarum caudatum

Native to the West Coast of the United States. Evergreen where winters are mild. Heart-shaped leaves are 2–7 in. wide. In fog belt, it makes a choice groundcover for shade and survives with just occasional water. Brownish-red flowers appear under foliage, at ground level, in late spring.

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