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Canadian wild ginger

  • Native Plants,
  • Annuals, perennials and bulbs
Asarum canadense
Photo: Jardin botanique de Montréal (Gilles Murray)



Origin and description

Perennial native to Québec. This fairly quickly growing plant can form beautiful ground cover in the shade. It has large velvety heart-or kidney-shaped leaves. The spring flowers, tan to purple and pubescent, are hidden close to the ground at the base of the leaves.

The species is considered vulnerable in Québec.

Height: 10 to 15 cm
Width: 20 cm
Blooms: tan to purple, April to May

Common name

Canadian wild ginger

Latin name (genus)

Asarum canadense

French common name

Botanical family

  • Aristolochiaceae

Growing conditions

Exposure: semi-shade, shade
Soil type: fresh, well-drained, rich


  • Zone 3

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