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Asarum canadense

 
Asarum canadense
Canadian wild ginger

Common name Canadian wild ginger
Family aristolochiaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z4-6)
Flowers purplish-brown (spring)
Size 6-12"
Light part-full shade
Cultural notes moist soil

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.
Good ground cover or border edger for shade.

Asarum canadense
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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