This plant has two hairy heart- or kidney-shaped leaves that are 10 to 18 cm long, growing directly from the rhizome. The rhizome is green and grows just at or immediately under the surface. The brownish-purple flower is hidden close to the ground at the base of the leaves. Usually grown as a ground cover...
Botanical Name: Asarum canadensis
Nom Français: Gingembre sauvage, asaret du Canada
Bloom colour: Green | Maroon
Blooms: Spring - Zone 5
Sun or Shade: Partial Sun | Shade
Plant Type: Ground Cover
Height: Up to 1 foot (30 cms)
It grows well in hardiness zones: 4 tp 6
Deciduous woods, borders
Water requirement: Moist
This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback.
Easily grown in average, medium to wet, well-drained soil, in part shade to full shade. Prefers constantly moist, acidic soils in heavy shade. Spreads slowly by rhizomes to form an attractive ground cover for shade areas.
Spread: Up to 60 cm
Some people can have skin irritation when touching this plant.
Edible | Native to Canada
Styling and Use
trilliums, ferns, bellwort, trout lily, jack-in-the-pulpit and blue cohosh.
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