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Asarum europaeum

Asarabacca

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

Purple

Feature

Dramatic foliage, Aromatic foliage

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Experienced

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Plant details

A strange, yet interesting creeping perennial for shady spots in rock or woodland gardens. It has dark green, kidney-shaped leaves and solitary, purplish-brown, drooping, bell-shaped flowers in summer. The plant was once much grown for its purgative and emetic properties and also used as an ingredient in snuff.

Family: Aristolochiaceae

Genus: Asarum

Species: europaeum

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Purple

Feature: Dramatic foliage, Aromatic foliage

Sun exposure: Partial shade, Shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 8cm

Spread: 30cm

Flowering period: May to August


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