Handsomely rounded dark glossy green leaves. Flowers appear in mid-spring - they look interesting with their maroon lips and fuzzy-hairy outsides, but are hard to spot as they are borne close to ground level, mostly hidden by the leaves.
||Canadian wild ginger
Good ground cover or border edger for shade.
|Fuzzy new growth comes in flat-folded – quite an odd look (I like odd looks), but it doesn't last long: in another day or two, the leaves will be fully unfurled. |
In our garden, this plant grows in the following areas: shade garden, side garden, sale plot
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|Robin Hein||Jul 20, 2008||Great blog. Very informative. However, I'm curious as to why you refer to Asarum canadense as American Ginger. As its species name indicates, it's Canadian Ginger. If it was American Ginger, it would be called Asarum americana (or somethng like that), just as American Beech is called Fagus americana. All references to Asarum canadense that I've seen (including American books) refer to it as Canada (or Canadian) Ginger. It's a minor mistake, but someone seeking American Ginger at a nursery might be baffled when he/she finds only Canadian and European species!|
American here refers not to the US, but to the continent (North America, actually). Asarum canadense is native to both the US and Canada. However, I have no particular reason to have picked that common name (it came from one of my many references, not sure which one), so I'll be happy to change it.
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