A low-growing, spreading evergreen perennial with glossy, heart shaped green leaves which release a spicy ginger fragrance when crushed. In late spring to early summer small red-brown cup shaped flowers are produced, often beneath the foliage.
Ultimate height0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height2–5 years
Ultimate spread0.5–1 metres
MoistureMoist but well–drained
Colour & scent
- Partial shade
West–facing or East–facing
- Native to the UK
Asarum are evergreen or deciduous, rhizomatous perennials forming a mat of long-stalked, heart-shaped or kidney-shaped leaves, sometimes with attractive silver mottling, and curious flowers consisteng of a 3-lobed calyx, often in "earthy" colours. They are commonly referred to as wild gingers (they are not culinary gingers) but are so-called because their rhizomes have a similar spicy scent
- Name status
How to grow
Best grown on neutral to acidic, moist but well drained soil in partial shade.
Propagate by division
Suggested planting locations and garden types
- Cottage and informal garden
- Flower borders and beds
- Ground cover
- Underplanting of roses and shrubs
No pruning required
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