Asarum canadense

Wild Ginger

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Native ginger is found in the moist shady woods of eastern north America from Manitoba to North Carolina. Although it is not a member of the ginger family, early settlers used the root as ginger substitute as it has a scent reminiscent of ginger.

Cup-shaped purple flowers marked with paler colors within the cup are virtually hidden by glossy heart-shaped leaves. Native ginger grows to about a foot tall and 18 inches wide and spreads slowly by rhizome. It requires at least part shade, will tolerate full shade, and also requires consistently moist soil. This is a wonderful native ground cover for shady wet locations and is suitable for woodland gardens, native gardens, shade gardens and any area which appears mossy.

Plant Shape
Partial Shade, Full Shade
Bloom Time
March - April, May - June
Bloom Color
Green, Purple
Landscape Use
Groundcover, Understory
Wildlife Interest
Resistant To Deer, Native to Midwest
Plant Type
Hardiness Zone
3 - 7