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Asarum canadense

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Wild Ginger

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Wild ginger (Asarum canadense)  is a deciduous perennial groundcover with unique velvety green, heart-shaped leaves. A great addition to the spring woodland garden, wild ginger requires partial to full shade. It prefers moist, well-drained, acid soils, but is tolerant of some drought. Wild ginger grows slowly but naturalizes nicely in the garden, becoming virtually maintenance free. Its distinctive bell-shaped maroon to brown flowers are hidden at the base of the plant, underneath the 6” tall foliage. Wild ginger makes a good companion with dwarf fothergilla (Fothergilla gardenii), sessile-leaf bellwort (Uvularia sessilifolia), twinleaf (Jeffersonia diphylla), starflower (Maianthemum stellatum), Christmas fern (Polystichum acrostichoides), Allegheny pachysandra (Pachysandra procumbens) and other woodland wildflowers. Zones 4-6. 

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    partial-shade, shade 
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    average, moist 
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