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Asarum canadense

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Wild Ginger

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This deciduous perennial groundcover has unique velvety green, heart-shaped leaves and is a great addition to the spring woodland garden. Asarum canadense requires partial shade to full shade. It prefers moist, well-drained, acid soils, but is tolerant of some drought. Asarum canadense grows slowly but naturalizes nicely in the garden, becoming virtually maintenance free. Wild ginger’s distinctive bell-shaped maroon to brown flowers are hidden underneath the 6” tall foliage at the base of the plant. Wild ginger makes a good companion with Fothergilla gardenii, Uvularia sessilifolia, Jeffersonia diphylla, Maianthemum stellatum, Polystichum acrostichoides, Pachysandra procumbens and other woodland wildflowers.

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