Asarum europaeum
Asarum europaeum

Asarum europaeum

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Quick Facts
Common Name: European Wild Ginger
Hardiness Zone: 5-8S/9W Exposure: Part Shade to Shade
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Blooms In: May
Height: 6" Spacing: 8-12"
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Deer Resistance: Yes
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This species 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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European Ginger (asarum europaeum

Crissy from Massachusetts

Have had this plant for over 10 years. Can't think of any con's. The only "mistake" I made was to mulch to close to the plant rather than leaving about 6" of soil around the perimeter.The following spring year I had no "babies". Love this plant. Seems to tolerate any weather once firmly established. Loves shade and good soil but will grow in bright light with so-so soil.

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Homepathic Remedy

Hose' from Danville, Virginia

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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Beautiful plant for shady yards

Ann from Michigan

I had a big glossy patch of European ginger under one of our oak trees and it thrived for at least 10 years. Then one spring, it didn't come back. Perhaps one of the local deer developed a taste for spicy food. But I found lots of "babies" scattered around my yard and I transplanted them to a shady rock garden. They seem to be thriving there. At some point, when the plants spread, I'll have to remove some rocks to give them room, but that's hardly a problem.

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So pretty and fickle.

SAM-I-am from northern VA

I thought it mostly died after the first year, as it died back mid-summer, looking like it perished from some sort of fungus. However, much of it came back the next spring, in larger patches, looking oh-so-beautiful. Then the same thing happened again, but there were more clues. The neighbor's hired lawn-care sprayed pesticides on her lawn, but were not very careful and it drifted over to my bed. The Jack Brunnera developed black spots, and the creeping Jenny had holes, like it had been misted with acid. Ugh! The European ginger slowly died away, looking much the same as the previous year. Hopefully some of it will come back again next spring, and I will do whatever I can to keep the neighbor from getting pesticide on my property.

LOVE IT. So slow. So beautiful. Will break your heart. I said yes to "would recommend to a friend", but with so many caveats!

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Plant healthy and flourishing in my gard

Eric from Farmingdale, NY

Plant arrived in excellent condition and was ready to place in the garden.

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Growing guide

Growing guide

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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