Saruma henryi

upright wild ginger

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Outstanding Qualities

This odd, but charming shade-loving perennial sprouts up in spring with fuzzy bright green heart-shaped leaves. As the foliage matures it has a soft green felt-like look and attractively radiates out from the stems. Curious pale yellow three part flowers are perched above the foliage in late spring in to summer adding to this fascinating rarity.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: mounding perennial

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 1 ft. 6 in. (0.46 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 1 ft. 6 in. (0.46 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 9

Flower Color: yellow

Sun/Light Exposure: light to dappled shade

Water Requirements: regular or occasional watering

Resistant to: slug, snail

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: Polystichum polyblepharum, Cryptomeria japonica ‘Black Dragon’, Disporum smithii, Helleborus x hybridus, Hosta ‘Sagae’

Great Color Contrasts: bronze, purple, rose

Great Color Partners: chartreuse, cream, dark green, yellow

Culture Notes
Upright wild ginger prefers a location with light to dappled shade. Plant they choice perennial in rich moist to well-drained or sandy soil. In very sandy sites it may need regular watering during the summer. Once established, provide occasional watering during dry weather. In fall it can be cut to the ground once it begins to yellow.