Asarum caudatum

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Asarum caudatum
Asarum caudatum
Asarum caudatum

Botanical Name: Asarum caudatum
Common Name: Wild Ginger

Beautiful and interesting groundcover for moist shady areas. Unusual looking maroon flowers sit under shiny heart shaped leaves. Leaves and stems fragrant when crushed.

Plant Family: Aristolochiaceae
Plant Type: Groundcover
Height by Width: 6in. H x 3-4' W
Growth Habit: Low, spreading
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Moderate
Sun Exposure: Shade
Soil Preference: Adaptable, acidic
Water Requirements: Regular
Cold Hardy to: 25 degrees F
Flower Season: Summer
Flower Color: Maroon
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Klamath range, North Coast Ranges, San Francisco Bay area, to British Columbia and Montana
Natural Habitat: Moist places in forests below 2,178'

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Care and Maintenance

  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "Creeping fragrant rootstalks bearing large broad rich green leaves and close to the ground odd looking flowers. A good ground cover for a moist shady place. Gallon cans, 35c."
Other Names
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.