asarum canadense (wild ginger) native

Size: 9cm pot
  • deep red to brown flowers
  • flowers are hidden under velvety dark green heart-shaped foliage
  • native to the ontario woodlands
  • bloom time: late spring
  • 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 20-30cm
  • spread 30-50cm 
  • colour red
  • shade-loving perennial
  • 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
  • partial sun/shade full shade
  • low maintenance 
  • ground cover
  • (image courtesy of NVK nurseries, NVK holdings inc.)