Scientific Name: Asarum caudatum
Common Name: western wild ginger
Family Name: Aristolochiaceae
Origin: B.C. west of Cascades, U.S. - northwest, U.S. - southwest
Hardiness Zone: Zone 6: (-23 to -18 °C)
Plant Type: Broadleaf evergreen
Mature Size: 0.1 - 0.2m x 0.1 - 0.3m (height x width)
Habit: Spreading
Form: Creeping / Mat-like
Texture: Coarse
Landscape Uses: Alpine, Ground cover, Group or mass planting, Herb, Medicinal plant, Native planting, Perennial border, Woodland margin
Exposure: Filtered shade, Deep shade
Soil or Media: Acidic, Bog, Humus rich
Leaves: Simple, Basal, Heavily veined, Distinctive smell, Orbicular, Reniform, Ciliate
Flowers: Flowers solitary, Red, Brown, May-Jun
Fruit: Capsule, Brown, Jul
Key ID Features:
Leaves release ginger-like aroma when rubbed, shiny, kidney-shaped to rounded, most 4-9cm long x 5-12cm wide, apex obtuse, blade overlapping at bases to cordate, petioles 8-17cm long; flowers usually hidden by leaves, solitary, brownish-purple to greenish-yellow flowers grow on peduncles, 1-5cm long, petals absent, calyx purplish-brown, 3 petal-like, lanceolate ends 3 to 8cm long, 12 united stamens forming a tube; capsules fleshy, seeds egg-shaped with a prominent fleshy appendage.