Wild ginger Asarum europaeum

Height: 13-20cm (5-8in)

Planting: distance: 30cm (1ft)

Features: flowers spring

Soil: rich, moist

Site: shade

Type: herbaceous or evergreen

Wild ginger provides useful ground cover for moist, shady places, perhaps under trees in woodland. The heart-shaped leaves grow on long stalks. In spring, curious bell-like, brownish to greenish-purple flowers appear under the foliage, which may be evergreen or herbaceous.

Popular species

Asarum canadense is an herbaceous species with downy leaves up to I 8cm (7in) wide, which may irritate the skin.

Asarum caudatum is an evergreen species with leathery, glossy, heart-shaped leaves up to 15cm (6in) wide. Asarum europaeum is an evergreen plant with leathery, glossy, kidney-shaped leaves, 7.5cm (3in) wide, forming a clump.


Plant wild ginger in autumn in rich, moist soil in a shady position.

Propagation: Divide and replant in autumn or spring.

Pests and diseases: Trouble free.

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