Asarum caudatum

Wild ginger. Handsome native perennial found growing in large sweeps on the floor of California’s coast redwood forests usually in association with Oxalis oregana from the Santa Cruz Mountains north to British Columbia. Ginger-scented leaves are broad, dark green and heart-shaped, carefully hiding the wonderfully peculiar, bell-shaped burgundy flowers. Flowers appear in spring low to the ground beneath the leaves. Wild ginger will eventually form a low mat in protected, deep shade. Regular garden water is required to maintain a lush appearance. Protect from snails. Hardy to 0F. Western North America.

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