There are lots of different gingers to keep straight, starting with a memorable one that was a part of the band of misfits stranded on Gilligan's Island. Horticulturally speaking, however, ginger refers both to a group of plants in the Zingiberaceae and Aristolochiaceae (birthwort) families. Hardy members of the Zingiber family are plants who mostly flower in the heat of summer, while the wild gingers (asarum) of the birthwort family tend to be mostly winter/spring flowering.
So, while it's late winter/early spring, let's focus of the woodland perennial genus asarum, of which we currently grow 86 of the known 177 asarum species/subspecies. In late winter/early spring, we like to remove any of the winter damaged evergreen leaves, which makes the floral show so much more visible. Few people take time to bend down and observe their amazing flowers, so below are some of floral photos we took this spring. View our full photo gallery here.
Asarum arifolium (Native: SE US)
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Throughout the year Plant Delights is continually adding new plants to our website. We have just added over 40 new plants this past weekend. You can check out all the new additions by clicking here.
Some of the exciting new additions are Disporopsis 'Zebra Stripes', an evergreen variegated Solomon's Seal which forms a nice 22" tall clump by spreading underground rhizomes.
Aucuba japonica 'Fujikawa' is compact female form and will form a 4' specimen in 5-7 years. The narrow leaf gives a fine texture. If there is a male cultivar nearby, 'Fujikawa' will produce bright red berries in the winter which really stand out against the dark green foliage. Read more [...]