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  • Eventual height: 0.15m
  • Eventual spread: 0.3m

Asarum europaeum

wild ginger

5 year guarantee RHS award of garden merit
3 × 9cm pots £32.97 £29.99
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This perennial is semi-evergreen so it can lose some of its leaves in winter. In colder regions or more exposed gardens, it may lose them all, but then fresh new growth appears again in spring.


  • Position: cool shade or partial shade
  • Soil: prefers humus-rich soils which do not dry out in summer
  • Rate of growth: slow initially but with good spreading capacity
  • Flowering period: March to April. Most floriferous following a warm summer in the previous year
  • Flower colour: reddish purple
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Robust and reliable groundcover plants, offering attractive foliage effect in shady places. Asarum europaeum has been valued and cultivated as a medicinal herb since the 13th century and is more tolerant than other varieties of the cooler British summers. These low, spreading plants have sweetly pungent roots which give rise to their common name of 'hardy ginger'. Exotic hooded purple-red flowers on short stems appear in the spring nestled under glossy rounded leaves.

  • Garden care: A low maintenance plant requiring only a light mulch of leaf mould or garden compost every one or two years to maintain soil fertility.

  • Humans/Pets: TOXIC if eaten
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