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Canadian Wild Ginger

Category:

A shade loving selection ideal for groundcover and garden beds; heavily textured, heart shaped leaves remain dark, forest green throughout the season; an easy to grow variety that requires little to no maintenance

Characteristics

Species:
canadense
Other Species Names:
American Wild Ginger
Average Landscape Height:
4 inches
Average Landscape Width:
12 inches
Genus:
Asarum
Branching:
herbaceous
Plant Form:
spreading
Canopy:
closed
Growth Rate:
slow
Pruning:
should not need pruning
Summer Foliage Color:
forest green
Maximum Light:
shade
Minimum Light:
shade
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Minimum Moisture:
moist

Ornamental Features

Canadian Wild Ginger's textured heart-shaped leaves remain forest green in color throughout the season on a plant with a spreading habit of growth.

Landscape Attributes

Canadian Wild Ginger is an herbaceous perennial with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other garden plants with finer foliage.

Planting & Growing

Canadian Wild Ginger will grow to be only 4 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 inches. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

This plant should only be grown in a shady location. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is quite intolerant of urban pollution, therefore inner city or urban streetside plantings are best avoided, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in both summer and winter to conserve soil moisture and protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This species is native to parts of North America. It can be propagated by division.

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