Although it is widely found across the United States Asarum canadense is often referred to as the Canadian Wild Ginger amongst other names. It is a perennial but is not related to the ginger family. Although regarded as edible in some traditional recipes it does contain toxins and should not be eaten
A woodland plant, this is another low growing species to .1m, excellent as a ground cover plant and also known as 'snakeroot'. This is a deciduous species that has heart shaped foliage.
Leaves are a mid green and covered with fine hairs which give them a velvety texture. The roots (underground rhizomes) are fleshy and spread slowly to create a carpet in a woodland area.
Like many Asarum species flowers of Asarum canadense are held under the foliage and are not generally a feature, this is used as a ground cover plant, low maintenance and tolerant of damp areas. Best suited to part shade to full shade.
Easy by division of established clumps. Also can be grown from seed.
- Excellent ground cover plant for a shaded position
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