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Asarum canadense – Wild Ginger

Asarum canadense – Wild Ginger

Asarum canadense – Wild Ginger is a distinctive and resilient perennial groundcover, perfect for shaded garden areas. Known for its heart-shaped leaves and ecological benefits, it’s an ideal choice for enhancing your landscape.


Please note: Most pictures represent mature plants. Unless otherwise specified, all of our plants are sold in 4″ pots to make shipping possible and will mature in time.

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Additional information


Common Name

Wild Ginger


Ground Cover, Perennial



Native Range

Eastern North America


4, 5, 6

Height Range (ft.)

0.50 to 1.00

Spread (ft.)

0.50 to 1.00

Bloom Time


Bloom Description

Brownish-Purple, Not Showy


Full Shade, Part Shade





Suggested Use

Woodland Garden


Heavy Shade, Wet Soil

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Product Description

Introducing the charming Asarum canadense – Wild Ginger, a distinctive perennial plant that brings both aesthetic appeal and ecological benefits to your garden. Known for its heart-shaped leaves and unique, hidden flowers, Wild Ginger is a delightful addition to any shaded garden area, offering ground cover and natural beauty.

Why Choose Asarum canadense – Wild Ginger?

  • Unique Foliage: Features attractive, heart-shaped leaves that create a lush, green carpet, providing excellent ground cover and visual interest in shaded areas.
  • Versatile Usage: Perfect for woodland gardens, shaded borders, and as an underplanting for trees and shrubs, it integrates seamlessly into various garden designs.
  • Low Maintenance: Once established, Wild Ginger is easy to care for, thriving in a range of soil conditions and requiring minimal attention.
  • Seasonal Charm: Enjoy the charming, hidden flowers in early spring and the lush foliage that persists throughout the growing season, adding depth and texture to your garden.

Cultivation Tips

  • Sunlight Needs: Wild Ginger prefers partial to full shade, making it ideal for shaded garden areas and woodland settings.
  • Soil Preferences: Thrives in rich, moist, well-drained soils but is adaptable to different soil types, including sandy and loamy soils.
  • Watering Requirements: Water regularly to maintain soil moisture, especially during dry periods, to ensure healthy growth.
  • Planting Density: Space plants approximately 12-18 inches apart to allow for their spreading growth habit, creating a dense and lush ground cover.

Design Ideas for Your Garden

Enhance your garden design with the subtle beauty of Asarum canadense – Wild Ginger. Use it to create a lush ground cover in shaded areas, underplant larger shrubs and trees, or mix with other shade-loving perennials for a rich and diverse garden display. Its unique foliage and hidden flowers add a touch of mystery and charm to any landscape.

Ecological Benefits

Beyond its aesthetic appeal, Asarum canadense – Wild Ginger contributes to ecological balance by providing habitat and food for beneficial insects and small wildlife. Its dense foliage helps suppress weeds and retain soil moisture, making it an eco-friendly choice for sustainable gardening.

Elevate your garden with the understated elegance and ecological benefits of Asarum canadense – Wild Ginger. Whether you’re looking to enhance shaded areas or create a sustainable garden environment, Wild Ginger is a resilient and delightful plant that brings beauty and ecological value to any outdoor space.


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Summer Shipping Concerns

Please expect some delays in shipping during summer months!

Shipping perishable items in the heat of summer can be tricky to say the least. Our goal is to try to get your plants to you in the best shape possible.

This means we may hold off on shipping items during periods of excessively high temperatures to give your new plants the best chance of surviving their journey in good shape.