Botanical Name: Asarum canadensis
En Français: Gingembre sauvage, asaret du Canada
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 in shady areas. Woodland gardens, native plant gardens or naturalized areas. Also may be used for edging.
Planting and Care Considerations
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
Best Soil: Loam, Sandy
Some people can have skin irritation when touching this plant.