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Wild Ginger

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 Wild Ginger

Wild ginger (Asarum canadense) is a perennial ground cover that has attractive heart-shaped leaves. The Ginger is a slow growing plant, so it is great for plants with a lot of other flowers or ground covers. This slow grower likes lots of shade as well. A little bit of sun can be expressed but not more than a few hours a day. The plant only reaches about 6 inches in height. The Wild Ginger plant ships bare root year round. They grow well in zones 4-8.

 Ants spread wild ginger seeds.

The ants deliver the seed back to their colony where they will eat the fleshy nodules and discard the actual seed, which is then left to grow in the nutrient-rich plant waste underground. While it is not to be confused with the more common type of ginger that is used to season food, there are still some recipes that call for using wild ginger as a spice substitute.

Wild Ginger has dark smooth leaves are like nothing you have ever seen. Even the texture of these beautiful plants will amaze every gardener.

This plant is a known to the birthwort family. It is native to the North American eastern woodlands, although there are other varieties of the genus that are native to Europe and east Asia. New plants will produce a tiny pair of leaves each spring that are heart-shaped or kidney-shaped in appearance and will have a soft, hairy texture. Although they are a light green shade when they emerge, the leaves will gradually darken to a medium green color over the course of a few weeks. Eventually, the two leaves will grow to be 3" to 6" wide atop stalks that can be up to 15" tall. There is a single flower that grows at the base of the stem. It is tube-shaped with no petals and is reddish-brown.


The Wild Ginger is shipped bare root.

  • USDA Zones 4-8
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Growing Zones:
  • Color: Green
  • Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
  • Height: 6-10 inches
  • Exposure: Sun & Shade
  • Ships As: Root/Rhizome
  • Warranty: 1 Year
Customer Reviews
5.0 Based on 29 reviews
  • 5
    Wild ginger

    Apr 18, 2024 Reviewer: Anna Kozlowski

    I received it healthy and blooming in a time fashion.

  • 4
    Wild ginger

    Apr 13, 2024 Reviewer: Barbara

    The rhizomes arrived in beautiful condition, plump and ready to grow. However, entirely through my own fault, I allowed them to be shipped too soon and had to try keeping them potted until they could be planted outdoors. Someone from the nursery advised me how to do this -- and on a holiday weekend! -- but ultimately they failed, though not before putting out some lovely green leaves.

  • 4
    wild ginger

    Mar 22, 2024 Reviewer: phillip hinds

    was shipped promptly and well packaged. I am new to this and am looking forward to see how well they do. Yes I will use you again.

  • 5
    Looks Healthy

    Dec 10, 2023 Reviewer: Ann Williams

    The roots arrived looking healthy and I have every confidence that I will have growth come spring.

  • 5
    Wild Ginger

    Oct 17, 2023 Reviewer: Allan Kalb

    The plants arrived in a timely manner and were in excellent condition. They have been planted and we look forward to leaves in the Spring.

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