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Heartleaf Ginger - Asarum arifolium


Asarum arifolium, Heartleaf Wild Ginger, is an easy to grow woodland ground cover that will spread slowly by underground rhizomes and is a must for the shade garden. The arrow-headed-shaped, anise-scented leaves are shiny dark green, highlighted by silver veining. In early spring, 8″ tall x 1″ wide evergreen clumps adorned with dark purple flowers appear at the base. Normally used as a shade loving groundcover, Wild Ginger combines well with native ferns, Jack-in-the-pulpit, and Trillium.


Photo: Emily P. Davis – North Carolina Plant Toolbox

Heartleaf Wild Ginger - Asarum arifolium

  • Zone: 2-9

    Spread: 8-15"

    Height: 6-8"

    Sun: Partial sun to full shade

    Water: Average

    Attracts: Songbirds, Pollinators

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