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Asarum europaeum

Asarum europaeum
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Family:  Aristolochiaceae
Main Season:  All Year
Flower Colour:  Brown
Leaf Colour:  Green
Foliage:  Deciduous
Position:  Shade
Soil Type:  Ordinary, medium loam
Height:  Up to 15cm / 6"
RHS Award of Garden Merit:  RHS Award of Garden Merit
Peat Free?  Yes
Hardiness Guide:  RHS H6 minimum -15C to -20C
Pot Size:  9cm

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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.


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