Asarum europaeum (European Wild Ginger) is a slowly spreading ground cover that is primarily grown for its glossy, leathery, heart-shaped, dark green leaves (to 3 in across - 7 cm) which remain evergreen in mild winters. Small, bell-shaped flowers bloom in late spring to early summer but are usually unnoticed since covered by the dense foliage. Among the best foliage plants for shade.

  • Grows 6 in. tall (14 cm) and spreads 8-12 in. (20-30 cm).
  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society
  • A part shade to full shade lover, it is best grown in humusy, slightly acidic, moistwell-drained soils.
  • Wild Ginger makes a great ground cover for shady areas of woodland gardens, rock gardens and is perfect for edging, underplanting shrubs or banks and slopes.
  • Attracts butterflies but this plant is deer resistant.
  • Virtually pest-free and disease free but watch for slugs and snails which could damage the attractive foliage.
  • May self-seed in the garden.