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Family: AristolochiaceaeMain Season: All YearFlower Colour: BrownLeaf Colour: GreenPosition: ShadeSoil Type: Ordinary, medium loamHeight: Up to 15cm / 6"RHS Award of Garden Merit: RHS Award of Garden MeritPot Size: 9cm
Rarely seen in gardens this is the wild Asarabacca of most of Europe. A woodlander it makes low carpets of rounded leaves and tricorned maroon flowers in spring. 15cm.
Better know as Wild Ginger now, this more American common name applies to other species.
Glossy foliage makes a good groundcover for shady places with decent soil that doesn't get too dry in summer. The slowly creeping habit works well with other plants and I first saw it in excellent combination with Erythronium tuolumnense under a big Acer 'Crimson King'.
Scented foliage and roots when disturbed it has been used as a flavouring but is not related to the true Gingers.
Native to most of mainland Europe, not the UK or Scandinavia though it may be naturalised in some areas.