Asarum canadense

Wild Ginger (Canadian Wild Ginger)

Categories: Wildflower

The foliage heart-shaped, velvety green, to 3-6" across, evergreen. Flowers are purple-brown cup shape of 3 united sepals (no petals), one flower per plant horizontal on the soil surface so it can be pollinated by beetles and flies crawling on the ground; spring with fruits by early summer

More About Asarum canadense

  • one of the nicer native groundcovers
  • native to North East U.S. and New England

This excellent ground cover plant keeps its foliage throughout the season and does not go dormant, making it a good species to plant with spring ephemerals that do go dormant. 

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6-8 in


6-8 in


1-2 ft

Hardiness Zone:


Asarum canadense Characteristics


  • Good for Naturalizing
  • Small / Miniature
  • Native to Northeast
  • Good for Shady Sites
  • Edging
  • Ground Cover
  • Mass Plant

Critter Resistance

  • Deer Resistant
  • Rabbit Resistant


  • Shade Tolerant

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Early Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • All Season

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Average

Flower Color

  • Purple


  • Spreading