Wild Ginger - Asarum Canadense
Wild Ginger - Asarum
Asarum, commonly known as wild ginger, is a plant in the birthwort family Aristolochiaceae and is a genus of low-growing herbs that originated in Asia. It exists in the temperate zones of the Northern Hemisphere with most species in North America, one in Europe, and are also in Japan, China, and Vietnam. It is interesting that the name Asarum is the plural of the Latin word as or ara, which means altar or sanctuary. Perhaps that came from its glossy heart-shaped leaves. The leaves are also described as kidney-shaped or bell-shaped or jug-shaped. The plant is named wild ginger due to the rhizome smelling and tasting similar to the regular ginger root. However, the two are not related. Only the rhizomes/roots and flowers should be used for medicinal and food preparations when you use the Wild Ginger. The rootstock and flowers can be used as a flavoring. The roots, dried or fresh, can be a substitute for regular ginger. Roots can be candied by being boiled in sugar water until it forms a syrup, and then the heart can be rolled in sugar. The syrup can be used for pancakes and desserts. Made into a tea, it is known to settle the stomach. The plant grows in colonies from creeping rhizomes which lie just under the soil and under deciduous trees. The leaves are small and the flowers are reddish or brown or purplish maroon and are mostly hidden in the foliage.. Two leaves emerge in the spring of each year from the growing tip. Wild ginger prefers moist sites with humus-rich soil and can quickly be grown in a well-drained garden and placed in part shade to full shade. It makes an attractive ground cover, spreading fast, and is low maintenance.wild ginger, is a plant in the birthwort family Aristolochiaceae and is a genus of low-growing herbs that originated in Asia. It exists in the temperate zones of the Northern Hemisphere with most species in North America, one in Europe, and are also in Japan, China, and Vietnam.
Wild Ginger can have two leaves that branch from a mature plant. To grow this plant, you will need to place it in rich, loamy soil. This also makes the wild ginger able to grow in almost any area. The plant will bloom anywhere from mid-spring to late spring and continue for about three weeks.