We continue to offer more special selections from our extensive collection of asarum (wild gingers). These amazing woodland natives from North America, Asia, and Europe are fascinating both for their foliage as well as their unique flowers.
Asarum asperum ‘Silver Streak’ is a plant we obtained in the early 1990s, so it’s taken us 25 years to produce enough to share for the first time. (Zone 6a-9b)
In flower now, in the middle of winter, we remove the old foliage like the do with hellebores, so we can enjoy the amazing flowers. If you pull up a chair, you’ll notice these are pollinated by little terrestrial crustaceans known as pill bugs or roly polies.
Asarum campaniflorum ‘Leprechuan‘ is another of our 2018 introductions with flowers that look like intricate paintings. This Chinese species was only named in 2004. Zone 7b-10b
Asarum forbesii ‘Venus’ is another plant we’ve grown for 25 years before having enough to offer for the first time. Unlike the first two, Asarum forbesii is deciduous in the winter. It also is a slow spreader, making a stunning 2-3′ wide patch in 20 years. Zones 5a-8b
The flowers of Asarum forbesii emerge alongside the new leaves in early spring. Won’t you invite ginger into your woodland garden!