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Asarum splendens

Asarum splendens

Common name marbled Chinese wild ginger
Family aristolochiaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z5-9)
Flowers purple (early spring)
Size 6"
Light part-full shade

The main attraction of this ornamental ginger is the marbled, substantial, leathery foliage. Reportedly evergreen where temperatures don't drop below 10F – which means the leaves are unlikely to escape our zone 6 winters unscathed, so it will be at least partially deciduous for us. That's fine, as long as it continues to display its beautiful leaves through summer. Our plant, recently purchased, is still small, but I'm looking forward to it displaying its spreading habit. The flowers, like those of our European wild ginger, are at ground level, hidden underneath the leaves, so I don't expect that they'll add much to the show.

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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