Nodding Onion Gardens

Native Plant Nursery

Where Wildflowers Grow

Columbia Station, Ohio, USA


Asarum canadense - Wild Ginger

Ohio Native Plant - Natural Range

Asarum canadense

Visit the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service website  to view the natural range of Wild Ginger.

Wildlife Significance - Wild Ginger

Host Plant: For Pipevine Swallowtail caterpillars

Pollinated - By flies and beetles

Seed Dispersal - Is a job for ants!

White Tailed Deer - Aren't fond of ginger. It seems if they are hungry enough they will eat anything.

For more details on this plant visit the Illinois Wildflower website
Asarum canadense
Wild Ginger Flower

Propagation Notes - Wild Ginger

Seedlings - It is best not to disturb Wild Ginger plants in the spring, as small seedlings will begin to form under the mother leaves. You can either leave the young shoots protected, or carefully transplant them. Both methods work well. Of course transplanting if more work but in my opinion more fun!

Dividing your Patch - We allow our Asarum canadense patches to mature (1 to 1 1/2 feet) before dividing in the fall. I have successfully moved Wild Ginger in the spring however at the expense of developing flowers.
Patch of Wild Ginger - Mohican State Park, Ohio
Patch of Wild Ginger - Mohican State Park, Ohio
young wild ginger plants
After a long winter nap!
very tiny Wild Ginger plants in the early spring. The sides of the leaf are covered with tiny hairs

Plant & Seed Provenance - Wild Ginger

Root Stock - Hickory Farms - 2011 Mosinee, WI - Seed - Nodding Onion Gardens 2012 - present

Asarum canadense
Nodding Onion Garden's Wild Ginger

Cultivation Information - Asarum canadense

Height - 6 - 8 inch

Flower Color - Maroon, small flower without petals are hidden under leaves
Blooms - April - June

Hardy Zone - 3 - 8 
Soil - Moist/rich and loose

Organic Material - 
Wild Ginger does best with a layer of leaf humus/organic material

Family – Aritolochiaceae

Space – 10 to 12 inches apart 

Uses – Woodland Ground cover - slow growing

Wild Ginger
Wild Ginger
wild ginger growing with ferns
Hiking in Mohican State Park, Ohio
flower growing on Wild Ginger - Asarum canadense
Above Photo - Jennifer Anderson @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database
Wild Ginger
Wild Ginger - By Suzy Rafferty