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Asarum canadense (Canada Wild Ginger)

Canada Wild Ginger, Snake Root, Black Snakeweed, Canadian Snakeroot, Colic Root, False Crowfoot, Ginger Root, Heart-Leaf, Pigs, Southern Snakeroot, Southern Wild Ginger, Vermont Snakeroot


Tough and undemanding, Asarum canadense (Canada Wild Ginger) is a deciduous rhizomatous perennial boasting downy, heart-shaped to kidney-shaped, matte dark green leaves, 6 in. wide (15 cm). In spring, attractive, ground-hugging, purplish-brown cup-shaped flowers, 1 in. wide (2 cm), are produced on short stems but usually hidden from view by the foliage. Vigorous, this plant spreads by creeping rhizomes to form large colonies within a few years. A terrific groundcover for shady areas, this woodland native is deer resistant.

  • Grows up to 6-12 in. tall (15-30 cm) and 12-18 in. wide (30-45 cm).
  • A part shade to full shade lover, it is best grown in average, neutral to acidic, moist, well-drained soils.
  • Canada Wild Ginger makes a great ground cover for shady areas of woodland gardens and is perfect for underplanting shrubs or edging.
  • Virtually pest and disease free but keep an eye out for slugs and snails which could damage the attractive foliage.
  • Clumps may be divided in the spring or early autumn
  • Native from Manitoba to North Carolina.

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 6
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Asarum - Wild Gingers
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 6" – 1' (15cm – 30cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 12" – 18" (30cm – 45cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia
Tolerance Deer, Wet Soil
Garden Uses Edging, Ground Covers, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 6
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Asarum - Wild Gingers
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 6" – 1' (15cm – 30cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 12" – 18" (30cm – 45cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia
Tolerance Deer, Wet Soil
Garden Uses Edging, Ground Covers, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow

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