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Asarum splendens (Chinese Wild Ginger)

Chinese Wild Ginger, Asarum chingchengense


Noted for its superb foliage, Asarum splendens (Chinese Wild Ginger) is a vigorous rhizomatous perennial boasting large, elongated, heart-shaped, dark green leaves splashed with shimmering silver. Deep purple beneath, they remain semi-evergreen through mild winters and a new set of leaves is produced in spring, covering the previous year's growth. In early spring, dark chocolate-brown and purple cup-shaped flowers, 2 in. wide (5 cm), are produced under the foliage at soil level. Asarum splendens is an outstanding Chinese species that forms a thick mat of foliage, making it an ideal ground cover for shady gardens. It is also great-looking in containers. Deer resistant.

  • Grows up to 5-8 in. tall (12-20 cm) and 10-16 in. wide (25-40 cm).
  • A part shade to full shade lover, it is best grown in humus-rich, neutral to acidic, moist, well-drained soils.
  • Chinese Wild Ginger makes a great ground cover for shady areas of woodland gardens, rock gardens and is perfect for underplanting shrubs or containers.
  • Virtually pest and disease free but keep an eye out for slugs and snails which could damage the attractive foliage.
  • Propagate by seed in containers in a cold frame as soon as ripe. Can also be propagated by division in early spring
  • Native to China

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Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 9
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 5" – 8" (12cm – 20cm)
Spread 10" – 2' (25cm – 60cm)
Spacing 10" – 16" (25cm – 40cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Semi-Evergreen
Tolerance Deer
Garden Uses Ground Covers, Patio and Containers, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Prairie and Meadow

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Botanik Foto, © Martin Ogden /www.teddingtongardener.com

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 6 – 9
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 5" – 8" (12cm – 20cm)
Spread 10" – 2' (25cm – 60cm)
Spacing 10" – 16" (25cm – 40cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Semi-Evergreen
Tolerance Deer
Garden Uses Ground Covers, Patio and Containers, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Prairie and Meadow

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