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Asarum canadense

Wild Ginger (Canadian Ginger)

Each plant has two, large, heart-shaped leaves and aromatic rhizomes that are not used for culinary purposes. Cup-shaped blooms are usually hidden by the foliage.

  • »  Deep red to brown flowers
  • »  Flowers are hidden under velvety dark green heart-shaped foliage
  • »  Native to the Ontario woodlands
  • »  Bloom Time: Late spring

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9cm Potted
10cm Potted
  • Category:Perennials
  • Hardiness Zone:4
  • Height:20-30 cm
  • Spread:30-50 cm
  • Bloom Color: Red
Full Shade
Partial Sun/Shade
Growth Rate
Native to Ontario
Low Maintenance
Flowering Time
Lt. Spr-Sum
Foliage Color
Planting instructions
Container Plants
Additional Information about Asarum canadense

Native to Ontario

Asarum canadensis should not be confused with the culinary ginger, Zingiber officinale, although Native Americans dried the roots as a ginger substitute. 



Growing & Maintenance Tips for Asarum canadense

Shade-loving perennial, native to Ontario woodlands. Easy to grow ground cover spreading by rhizomes. Asarum can tolerate different amounts of moisture, from average to wet, but not prolonged wet. Grows best in a well-drained, acidic soil. No significant disease or pest issues.