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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