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Wild Ginger

( Asarum canadense )

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Wild Ginger
Canada Wild Ginger
Canadian Wildginger
Canada Snakeroot
Aristolochiaceae
Asarum
Asarum canadense
Linnaeus
MB, NB, ON, QC
Asarum acuminatum
Asarum canadense var. acuminatum
Asarum canadense var. ambiguum
Asarum var. reflexum
Asarum reflexum
Asarum rubrocinctum
Characteristics

Wildflower

Deciduous

Partial Shade, Shade

Humus Enriched

Calciphile

Moist

No

No

No

No
Habitat Considerations

Boreal Shield, Atlantic Maritime, Mixedwood Plains

Forest, Woodland

Woodland
Design Considerations

15 cm

30 cm

May - Jun

Purple|Green/Brown

No

No

Brown


No

No

No

No

No

No

Butterflies

No
Conservation Status



Interesting Tidbits

The root of this spring flower has a strong ginger-like odor and, when cooked with sugar, can be used as a substitute for ginger. (Niering) This plant is easily spotted in woodland with its heart-shaped velvety leaves and its singular purple/brown flower. Its parts were used by many aboriginal peoples for its medicinal properties and for flavoring their food. The pipeline swallowtail butterfly feeds on it. This plant most easily spreads via rhizomes. (USDAPlants Database) Traditional Edible, Medicinal Uses: The leaves are poisonous and touching them can cause skin reactions in some. (Plants for a Future) Garden Uses: This is a woodland evergreen groundcover that grows from 6 to 12 inches. It has hairy leaves, heartshaped and thick. The large leaves provides the perfect leafy alternative to hostas (which often get eaten by slugs, wild ginger rarely does). The flowers are very unique maroon colour, that lie on the ground unseen (Evergreen)


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