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    European Wild Ginger

    Asarum europaeum

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    European Wild Ginger (Asarum europaeum) at Hartman Companies

    European Wild Ginger

    European Wild Ginger

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    Height:  8 inches

    Spread:  18 inches

    Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

    Hardiness Zone:  4

    Other Names:  Hexastylis europaea

    Description:

    This spreader features lovely glossy green leaves; does well in moist, shady areas, can be used as a shade groundcover, an excellent alternative to more invasive species

    Ornamental Features

    European Wild Ginger's attractive glossy heart-shaped leaves remain dark green in color throughout the year. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

    Landscape Attributes

    European Wild Ginger is an herbaceous evergreen perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

    This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

    European Wild Ginger is recommended for the following landscape applications;

    • General Garden Use
    • Groundcover
    • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

    Planting & Growing

    European Wild Ginger will grow to be about 8 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 inches. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

    This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for rich, acidic soils. It is quite intolerant of urban pollution, therefore inner city or urban streetside plantings are best avoided, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in both summer and winter to conserve soil moisture and protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This species is not originally from North America, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets. It can be propagated by division.

     
     
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