Asarum europaeum

Wild ginger

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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour



Dramatic foliage, Aromatic foliage



Skill level


Asarum europaeum
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Plant details

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.

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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