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Asarum splendens

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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

Characteristics:



Height:
  5-8 Inches
Spread:
  10-16 Inches
Flower Color:
  Purple shades
Foliage Color:
  Variegated
Hardiness Zone:
(5),6,7,8,9
Find Your Zone
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?:
  Deer resistant
  Rabbit resistant
How fast should it grow?:
  Medium
When should it bloom?:
  Early Spring
Looking for seasonal interest?:
  Evergreen (in some or all zones)
How's your soil?:
  Average Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
  Container/Patio
  Woodland/Shade
  Asian
  Eclectic

Attributes:

Border plants
Container
Evergreen
Ground cover
Grown for attractive foliage

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

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.


Companions:

Common/Botanical Name
Zones  
Dicentra 'Luxuriant'
Common Name: Bleeding Heart-Fern-leaved
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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Convallaria majalis
Common Name: Lily of the Valley
2,3,4,5,6,7
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Galium odoratum
Common Name: Sweet Woodruff
4,5,6,7,8
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Athyrium 'Ghost'
Common Name: Fern-Ghost
3,4,5,6,7,8
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Astilbe chinensis 'Milk and Honey'
Common Name: Astilbe-Chinese
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Anemone sylvestris 'Madonna'
Common Name: Anemone-Snowdrop
3,4,5,6,7,8
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Hosta 'Prairie Sky' PP17309
Common Name: Hosta
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.