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common name: Chinese Wild Ginger
synonyms: Hexastylis splendens, Heterotropa splendens, Asarum chingchengense
perennial, evergreen, ground-cover, scented/aromatic
poisonous or irritant
part shade, shade
preferred soil pH: neutral-acid
minimum temp: -23°C
USDA zone: 6 to 9
Large, pointed heart-shaped, grey-green and silver mottled leaves, growing from short fleshy rhizomes. Leaves are aromatic when crushed, smelling of ginger. Comparatively large purple-maroon and creamy white banded flowers, borne close to the ground in late spring.
Fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained, neutral to acid soil. Part or full shade.
By seed or division.
Roots may be used as a substitute for real root ginger, must be cooked to remove the toxic aristolochic acid.
Found in moist woodlands of Northern America and parts of the Far East Asia.