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Wild ginger

Asarum selections

Wild ginger

Wild ginger is a workhorse of a groundcover, spreading readily with beautifully glossy, slightly heart-shape leaves. It must have shade and moist but well-drained soil to thrive, but with the right conditions this native plant is indispensable, doing well where many other plants wouldn't.

In spring it bears purplish maroon bell-shape blooms mostly hidden in the foliage.

Part Sun,Shade
Plant Type:
Plant Height:
4-10 inches tall
Plant Width:
6-12 inches wide
Landscape Uses:
Containers,Beds & Borders,Slopes,Groundcover
Special Features:
Attractive Foliage,Deer Resistant,Easy to Grow
Top Varieties

Asarum canadense is a North American native with medium, green downy leaves. It requires regular moisture to look its best. It has better heat tolerance than European wild ginger. Zones 2-8
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Asarum europaeum bears striking evergreen leaves that have a glossy sheen. Zones 4-8
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Plant It With

The feathery leaves and flower stalks of astilbe create a lovely foil for the medium texture of wild ginger foliage. Early summer blooms in red, pink, white, or lavender add drama to the show.


Hostas of all shapes and sizes pair beautifully with wild ginger as a carpet around their bases. Both appreciate moist shade.

Japanese painted fern

The silvery fronds of Japanese painted fern make a great combo with either the glossy green leaves of European wild ginger or downy green foliage of Canadian wild ginger.