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.