European wild ginger
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European wild ginger has distinctive, glossy dark green, kidney-shaped leaves and grows as a tight and compact groundcover. This wild ginger is ideal for deep shade and can tolerate dry conditions once established. Its slow growth will keep it from taking over and overwhelming smaller plants in the shade garden.
Plant Type: perennial
Foliage Type: evergreen
Plant Height: 0 ft. 6 in. (0.15 meters)
Plant Width/Spread: 1 ft. 0 in. (0.30 meters)
Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 9
Flower Color: brown
Sun/Light Exposure: open to deep shade
Water Requirements: occasional watering to drought tolerant when established
Resistant to: deer
- Culture Notes
- Asarum europaeum prefers open to deep shade. It is tolerant of a variety of soil conditions, preferring well-drained locations but tolerating sand and clay. It is drought tolerant once established, but appreciates occasional watering during prolonged dry spells. This is one of the few wild gingers that have a fair degree of slug resistance.