Wild ginger

Asarum europaeum

Wild ginger - Asarum europaeum

Common Name: Wild ginger
Genus: Asarum
Species: europaeum

Category: Groundcover Plants
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Suitable for ground cover, Has interesting foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.15 m (15 cm)
Sun/Shade: Partial shadeSpread: 0.30 m (30 cm)

Foliage Type: EvergreenFlower Colour: Purple, Red
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: March & April

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

Robust and reliable groundcover plants offering attractive foliage effect in shady places. Asarum europaeum has been valued and cultivated as a medicinal herb since the 13th century and is more tolerant than other varieties of the cooler British summers. These low spreading plants have sweetly pungent roots which give rise to their common name of 'hardy ginger'. Exotic hooded purple-red flowers on short stems appear in the spring nestled under glossy rounded leaves.

  • Garden care: A low maintenance plant requiring only a light mulch of leaf mould or garden compost every one or two years to maintain soil fertility.