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© Deeproot Plant Base
common name: Asarabacca, Wild Ginger
perennial, evergreen, ground-cover, scented/aromatic
part shade, shade
dry soil, moist soil
preferred soil pH: neutral-acid
minimum temp: -18°C
USDA zone: 4 to 8
Prostrate, creeping stems carry rounded, kidney-shaped, shiny green leaves. The curious greenish-purple or purple-brown flowers are hidden under the leaves.
Prefers fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained, neutral to acid soil. Part or full shade.
By seed or division.
Ground cover in shade, under shrubs and trees.
The dried roots and leaves are sometimes used as a medicinal herb.
Native to Western Europe.
The rhizomes are aromatic, smelling a bit like ginger.