Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
| ||Common Name: Ginger-Chinese Wild|
One of the finest members of the ginger family. Large, elongated heart-shaped, dark green leaves are elegantly mottled with shimmering silver pigment throughout. They remain semi-evergreen through mild winters and a new set of leaves is produced in spring, covering the previous year's growth.
In early spring, 2" wide, dark purple flowers are produced under the foliage at soil level. Though the flowers are not particularly showy, they are interestingly attractive.
Asarum splendens is a vigorous rhizomatic species that forms a thick mat of foliage, making it an ideal groundcover for shady gardens. It is also nice in containers.
Though this plant is listed as being hardy to zone 6, it may also overwinter in zone 5 with protection.
Origin: Not Native to North America
Sun or Shade?:
Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
Full shade (< 4 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
Average water needs
Consistent water needs
Need critter resistant plants?:
How fast should it grow?:
When should it bloom?:
Looking for seasonal interest?:
Evergreen (in some or all zones)
How's your soil?:
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
Asarum is a low-maintenance plant that thrives in partial to full shade. Minimal pruning is needed, though the previous year's foliage may need to be removed in the spring. Avoid planting too deep. Prefers richly organic, slightly acidic soil that is moist but well-drained.