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botanical name:
Asarum splendens
Asarum splendens © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Chinese Wild Ginger
synonyms:  Hexastylis splendens, Heterotropa splendens, Asarum chingchengense
family:  Aristolochiaceae
characteristics: perennial, evergreen, ground-cover, scented/aromatic
height: 0.15m
width: 0.45m
growth rate: slow
growth habit:
leaf colour: green
flower colour: maroon
main season: All Year
poison symbol poisonous or irritant
edible symbol edible
aspect: part shade, shade
conditions: moist soil
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.

other notes:
Found in moist woodlands of Northern America and parts of the Far East Asia.
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