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Wild Ginger, Asarum is a Low-Growing Herbal Perennial

Wild Ginger is also known as Asarum Canadense. Hardy planting zones are 2-10. The growth rate is up to 12 inches per year; The Wild ginger plant is a perennial or groundcover. It is often considered as a ground cover because it can spread along the ground so fast. It has glossy, heart-shaped leaves. It is beautiful and would make a great addition to your yard. They prefer moist, well-drained soils, but acidic will work too. It works it best if it is in part sun to full shade.

This ground cover does well in shady areas when other plants can’t. It is easily adaptable and makes a great plant; it also has a slight aroma. These beautiful plants paint a beautiful picture as they grow. They bring lots of gorgeous green color to all locations and provide a natural look when added to gardens and natural areas. These plants are just suitable for all homeowners as they are effortless to grow and care for. They can also grow to become very thick and dense and protects small wildlife such as those cute chipmunks that love to run and play in garden areas.

 Wild Ginger, Asarum adds a Natural Look when Added to Garden and Natural Areas

Asarum, commonly known as wild ginger, is a plant in the birthwort family Aristolochiaceae and is a genus of low-growing herbs that originated in Asia. It exists in the temperate zones of the Northern Hemisphere with most species in North America, one in Europe, and are also in Japan, China, and Vietnam. Interestingly, the name Asarum is the plural of the Latin word as or ara, which means altar or sanctuary. Perhaps that came from its glossy heart-shaped leaves.

The leaves, described as kidney-shaped or bell-shaped, or jug-shaped, are named wild ginger due to the rhizome smelling and tasting similar to the regular ginger root. However, the two are not related. Only the rhizomes/roots and flowers should be used for medicinal and food preparations when using the Wild Ginger.

The rootstock and flowers used as a flavoring, dried or fresh, can substitute for regular ginger; the syrup is used in ice cream and desserts. Made into a tea, it is known to settle the stomach. The plant grows in colonies from creeping rhizomes which lie just under the soil and under deciduous trees. The leaves are small, and the flowers are reddish or brown or purplish maroon and hidden in the foliage. Two leaves emerge in the spring of each year from the growing tip. Wild ginger prefers moist sites with humus-rich soil and can quickly be grown in a well-drained garden and placed in part shade to full shade. It makes an attractive ground cover, spreading quickly, and is low maintenance.

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The word ginger derives from the Sanskrit language smgavera, which means "horn body." It refers to the original and wild ginger's shape, texture, and layout.

Wild ginger is a low-growing perennial herb, a woodland wildflower that can reach heights of 0.5-1 ft. (15-30 cm) and widths of 1-1.5 ft. (30-45 cm). The plant grows in deep shade in moist pine woods, redwood forests, and the understory of conifer forests, typically in temperate zones or wet environments. The plant grows well on average, medium to wet, well-drained soil in partial to full shade. It also prefers heavily shaded soils.

At the base of the stem, a single tube-shaped flower ranges in color from brownish-green to maroon. The flower is 1-2" long and has three sharp endings located between the leafstalks. It has Two large heart-shaped leaves (3-6" wide). Because of the hairs, the leaves are soft and velvety. 

Wild Ginger flowers are found at the plant's base, well below the leaves. The flower's color and scent attract pollinators such as gnats and flies. The flower blooms in early spring. The flower's dull red color and the smell look perfect. These adaptations attract insects to the bowl flower. While there, the flower provides shelter for insects, which collect pollen and pass it on to other plants. It symbiotically increases the chances of Wild Ginger reproduction.

These plants grow from June to October. The plant's roots are small, creamy white, spindly, and aromatic, with a spicy ginger aroma. 

The ability of this wildflower to simulate genuine ginger in almost every way has earned it the common name Wild Ginger. Asarum Canadensis is a more mysterious scientific name. Asarum is a Latin word with an unknown origin. Canadensis means "from Canada," leading to another common name for the plant: Canada Ginger.

Wild ginger is derived from a different plant used in traditional cooking. On the other hand, its common name comes from its innovator and Native American cuisine. Native Americans used dried and crushed root systems as a ginger substitute when genuine ginger was scarce18. Also, today, Wild Ginger retains its attraction. The plant's long horizontal seedlings can be boiled down in a rich, sugary sweetness to make Wild Ginger candy.

Wild Ginger roots contain antibacterial agents that are effective against a wide range of bacteria and fungi. Early American and Canadian Indians recognized this trait when using the plant to season and treat food. As a result, it was used as a seasoning to make food safe to eat, usually freshly killed or spoiled meat.

Native American tribes have used wild ginger for a variety of purposes. Wild Ginger was used as a contraceptive when injected into tea. The plant was widely used as a flavoring agent to soothe upset stomachs. It is used to treat intestinal problems, stomach aches and headaches, and digestive issues. 

Sun exposure: Both moderate sun and shed

Water requirement: Moderate moisture

Zone: 4 to 8

Best time to Harvest: summer

Ship as: Bareroot

Height at maturity: 1-1.5 inches tall

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Asarum Canadensis - Arrow Leaf Ginger-Asarum arifolium Hardy Planting Zones- 2-9 Sun or Shade ??Partial to Full Shade Mature Height - 6-8" Mature Width- 6-15" Bloom Season ??Spring and Summer Gardener Status- Beginner
Planting Zones 4-8
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2 Reviews

  • 4
    Plants arrived safely and well packaged

    Plants were healthy and well packaged. Was surprised to find bare roots rather than plugs, but overall pleased.

  • 5

    Great health benefits!

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