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Asarum europaeum is a strange, yet interesting creeping perennial, perfect for growing as groundcover in shady spots in rock or woodland gardens. It has dark green, kidney-shaped leaves among which solitary, purple-brown, drooping, bell-shaped flowers appear in summer. The plant was once grown for its purgative and emetic properties and also used as an ingredient in snuff. Its roots have a sweet fragrance, which gave it its common name of hardy ginger.
Grow Asarum europaeum in moist, hummus-rich soil in cool or partial shade.
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
Skill level: Experienced
Flowering period: May to August
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