All plants are sold in at least 9cm pots, NOT tiny plug plants!

Asarum europaeum


Plant Information

Aspect: Full Shade
Aspect: Light/Partial Shade
Soil Type: Most Types
Colour: Purple
Colour: Brown

Sorry, sold out, but we are growing more so check again in a few weeks.

Excellent for dry, shady areas where other plants struggle. Kidney-shaped, glossy green leaves on creeping surface shoots. Spreads slowly to form evergreen glossy green mats.

A robust and reliable groundcovering plant, very useful for shady areas, which once established will remain evergreen throughout the year. 

Commonly known as wild ginger, it has sweetly sweetly pungent roots and has been valued and cultivated as a medicinal herb since the 13th century. It is also invaluable however for providing attractive foliage in shadier spaces.

Not grown for its flowers - insignificant small, narrow, bell-shaped, greenish purple then brown flowers are barely visible in March and April.

Native to central Europe, Scandinavia, Russia and west Siberia and covers the woods just as ivy does in the UK. Fully hardy, resistant to all weathers and tough as old boots.

Asarum europaeum was once much grown for its purgative and emetic properties, by herbalists for use in a cure for snake bites, and also used as an ingredient in snuff.

Height and spread: 10cm x 30cm

Happy to be divided in spring and autumn to increase the size of the clump.

Common name(s): Wild Ginger; Asarabacca; Foalfoot; Foal's foot ; Hazelwort ; Wild nard.

Picture: Betty Cai [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons


  • All our plants are hardy and perennial (come back year after year) unless otherwise specified in the description.
  • Every plant we sell is sold established in at least a 9cm pot, although many are in bigger pots. Unlike some nurseries, we do not sell plug plants because these require ongoing care when you receive them. Our plants can be planted in your garden as soon as you receive them, or they can be left in their pots for several weeks until you are ready to plant them.
  • As we grow everything ourselves and cannot just buy more stock when levels are low, there will be times when certain varieties are unavailable until the next batch has grown on.
  • We are not technically 'organic' but, as far as possible, we limit the use of pesticides and chemicals. We are fortunate enough to be situated in the countryside and we enjoy the environment and natural world that surrounds us, so we do what we reasonably can to protect it.
  • For a limited time we are offering free delivery for orders over £50.
If you have any questions about our plants, please feel free to contact us and we'll be happy to help.