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- Arrow Leaf Ginger-Asarum arifolium Hardy Planting Zones- 2-9 Sun or Shade – Partial to Full Shade Mature Height - 6-8" Mature Width- 6-15" Bloom Season – Spring and Summer Gardener Status- Beginner
Little Brown Jug, Arrowleaf Ginger - Hexastylis arifolia
The Latin name for arrowleaf ginger is asarum arifolium. This plant is often confused with wild ginger. This plant grows 6 to 8 inches tall and 8-15 inches wide. It grows in zones 2 to 9. It does well in the shade and partial sun.
Arrowleaf ginger is a slow growing plant that blooms in early spring to late summer. It has purple flowers and pointed green leaves. It is planted in late spring and summer. It grows very slowly. The bare root is planted one inch below the soil. It does well with loamy moist soil.
It grows primarily in the southeastern part of the United State. Arrowleaf ginger grows in Kentucky, Virginia, the Gulf Coast states, Mississippi, Florida, and Louisiana. Some varieties have dark purple flowers that appear in the plant base. This plant is ideal for shade gardens.
The leaves of the plant have an anise scent. It makes an excellent ground cover and is deer and rabbit resistant. It is used for edging, shady areas under trees, and spreads well. It is poisonous if ingested do not eat. This plant in found in forests and woodlands too.
Once it it is planted it requires little maintenance. When gardeners rake or weed the plant, they must be careful not to pull it out of the ground before it is established.
Arrowleaf Ginger can be purchased in seed form but is best planted as roots or rhiziomes. It takes patience to grow arrowleaf ginger because it takes time to establish. This plant is used primarily for landscaping. The root produces stems and shoots from which the plant grows.
It produces an attractive ground cover with a pleasant scent and dense growth. When growing in a greenhouse plant at 48 to 55 degrees in containers to promote the roots to grow. Keep moist but not too wet one root per gallon container. Plants often take 8 to 10 weeks to grow.
Little Brown Jug, Arrowleaf Ginger ... Hexastylis arifoliais a gorgeous groundcover with green marbled heart-shaped leaves. In the spring and summer, this perennial blooms with tiny purple-brown flowers that playfully hide underneath its dense foliage. Very low maintenance and thrives in medium moisture soil.
By comparison to other varieties, Evergreen Ginger is a slow grower. However, what it lacks in expediency, it well makes up for in beauty and durability. This part to full shade variety makes an excellent bed and border filler and gives new life to woodland garden floors. A spreading beauty.