Wild Ginger, Western

Asarum caudatum
[ah-SAR-um kaw-DAY-tum]

Despite the fact that slugs chew holes in it, I still think this is a great plant. I love waxy green leaves and the odd-looking flowers that sometimes peek out from under the foliage. It also gives off a wonderful scent if a bit of warm sunlight happens to find it. Wild ginger spreads but not aggressively, so it’s grown into a thick patch over the years. Every spring I think I’m going to transplant some to another part of the yard but then I forget. Maybe this is the year…

  • Shade Grade

Nursery Tag

Heart shaped leaves and maroon blooms in late spring. Groundcover spreads by rhizomes

Gardener's Log

05/2011: Planted in North Side Garden.

wild ginger photo

Photo by judygva

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