Wild Ginger on Steroids

By Charlie Nardozzi

Wild ginger (Asarum) is a favorite ground cover and woodland plant for shade gardens, especially those located under high deciduous tree canopies. Now from China comes a new cousin of wild ginger that features larger growth and buttery yellow flowers.

Upright wild ginger grows 2 feet tall and 3 feet wide. (The botanical name of the new plant, Saruma henryi, is an anagram of Asarum.) It has fuzzy, heart-shaped leaves and produces small yellow flowers from early spring through late summer. It grows best in well-drained areas that receive light shade. Upright wild ginger is hardy in USDA zones 4 to 8 and will self-sow in its second year of growth.

For more information on the upright wild ginger, go to: Sunshine Farm and Gardens.

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