Asarum europaeum

European wild ginger

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Outstanding Qualities

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.

Quick Facts

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

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: Blechnum penna-marina, Cyclamen hederifolium, Arisaema sikokianum, Polystichum polyblepharum, Sarcococca hookeriana var. humilis

Great Color Contrasts: silver, white

Great Color Partners: green, brown, bronze

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.