Heartleaf Wild Ginger


  • USDA Zones 5 to 9 (Find Your Zone)
  • Part to Full Shade
  • Moist, Acidic Soils
  • 6 to 12 inches tall by 6 to 9 inches wide
  • Blooms May to July
  • Resistant to Deer, Drought, Heat & Rabbits



Asarum arifolium, Heartleaf Wild Ginger, is an easy to grow woodland ground cover that will spread slowly by underground rhizomes and is a must for the shade garden. The arrow-headed-shaped, anise-scented leaves are shiny dark green, highlighted by silver veining. In early spring, 8″ tall x 1″ wide evergreen clumps adorned with dark purple flowers appear at the base. Normally used as a shade loving groundcover, Wild Ginger combines well with native ferns, Jack-in-the-pulpit, and Trillium.

Photo: Emily P. Davis – North Carolina Plant Toolbox

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