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Long-tailed Wild Ginger Asarum caudatum


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Long-tailed Wild Ginger
credit: Walter Siegmund/CCSA

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Family: Aristolochiaceae, Birthwort view all from this family

Description Native perennial forb. In spring, it develops distinct hairy cup-shaped, brown-purple to green-yellow flowers which terminate in three long gracefully curved lobes, often concealed by leaves. The long rhizomes give rise to persistent heart shaped leaves. Leaves are found in colonies or clusters as the rhizome spreads. The leaves emit a ginger aroma when rubbed.

Flower Springtime.

Flower April - August

Habitat rich moist forests.

Range Western North America from British Columbia to California and as far east as western Montana.

Discussion Other common names: British Columbia wild ginger, Western wild ginger, or long-tailed wild ginger.

Comments Wild ginger provides an extensive ground cover for large areas. It can be too rampant for smaller sites.

Exposure Preference Shade.

Native Distribution California Coast Ranges from Santa Cruz Mts., n. to British Columbia & n.w. Montana

Site Preference Deep, redwood or yellow pine forests below 5000 ft.

Soil Preference Moist, rich soil.