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Wild Ginger

Asarum europaeum

Also known as

Asarabacca, Foal's Foot, Hazelwort, Wild Nard, Wild nard, European ginger

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Full Shade
Moderate care
Light watering
Frost Hardy

H6

RHS hardiness

-20°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

50cm

Max

50cm

10cm

Min

10cm

2 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

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Wild Ginger Overview

Asarum europaeum is a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit winner, which is also known by many common names including asarabacca, foalfoot and wild ginger. This evergreen perennial has a creeping growth habit and typically forms carpet coverings across areas, making it a great choice for ground cover. Flowers develop green, then change to purple with age, they are covered densely in hairs and develop underneath the leaves next to the ground. This is an adaptation for pollination by flies, the flowers typically emit an unpleasant scent to attract them.

Common problems with Wild Ginger

How to propagate Wild Ginger

Seed

Sow seed when ripe.

Division

Divide in early spring.

Special features of Wild Ginger

Ground cover

Attractive leaves

Other uses of Wild Ginger

Walls, rock garden, ground-cover, wildflower/meadow.