Asarum europaeum
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Asarum europaeum

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Common Name: European Wild Ginger
Hardiness Zone: 5-8S/9W Exposure: Part Shade to Shade
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Blooms In: May
Mature Height: 6" Spacing: 8-12"
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Deer Resistance: Yes
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Asarum europaeum spread slowly but surely to form a handsome 6″-deep carpet of glossy, dark green, kidney-shaped leaves measuring 4″ across. It offers the perfect setting for the bright spring blooms of Dicentra and Tiarella. Plants are evergreen where winters are not too harsh.

Wild Gingers are among the great foliage plants for shade. Their shapely leaves come in a variety of rich greens. Some are shiny, others have exquisite texture, and a few carry striking silvery patterns. All Wild Gingers love rich, slightly acid, organic soil with plenty of moisture, under which conditions most will spread to form distinctive ground covers of varying density. The curious, bell-shaped flowers are insignificant.

For more information on the growing and care of Asarum, click Growing Guide.




The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.


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Average Customer Rating: 4 out of 5 stars (10 Reviews) Write a Review

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Deer Resistant Ginger

I planted two of these plants and within 2 days, one had been consumed, I assume by my resident deer family. Love this plant! Am barricading the remaining one with deer netting.

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Love This Plant

I have planted two or three of these plants on the east side of my house. They get morning sun and then full shade. The plants thrive, and they multiply. The shiny leaves are a beautiful green, and the deer leave them alone.

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Do not eat

Please do not eat European Ginger as suggested by one reviewer. Ginger is not a true ginger, and is not to be eaten.

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Homepathic Remedy

I was prescribed the product to handle problem I have with noise. I would get do dizzy I could not stand up. But when I took this remedy made from this plant, it was like flipping the light switch. Best product I have ever seen for this problem.

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Didn't thrive

Unfortunately, 5 of the original 6 plants did not survive the first season despite my tender, loving care! The one survivor did emerge in the next season, but it was lacking in vigor and never spread beyond the original two leaves. While it is still alive, I am so terribly disappointed because I think it is a beautiful species.

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Growing guide

Growing guide
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Latin Name Pronunciation: uh-sah'rum  

Plant in rich, moist, slightly acid soil in shade. To prevent winter burn of the evergreen leaves in cold climates, choose a site that is sheltered from both winter sun and strong winds. In Zone 6, provide winter protection (see information on Winter protection) for Asarum splendens. May be slow to become established, but where happy, plants will eventually spread by rhizomes (horizontal stems). Asarum europaeum may self-sow.

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