Zone: 4 to 7

Native Range: Eastern Europe, western Asia, Russia

Height: 0.25 to 0.5 feet

Spread: 1 to 1.5 feet

Bloom Time: April to May

Bloom Color: Brown, Yellow

Bloom Description: Greenish-yellow to brown

Sun: Part shade to full shade

Water: Medium to wet

Maintenance: Low

Flowers: Flowers not Showy

Tolerates: Black Walnuts, Deer

Uses: Groundcover, Will Naturalize


Easily grown in humusy, slightly acidic, consistently moist but well-drained soils in part shade to full shade. May self-seed in the garden. 

Noteworthy Characteristics

European wild ginger is native to moist, open woodland areas in central to southern Europe. It is a creeping ground cover which typically grows to 4" tall but slowly spreads to 15" wide or more. Thrives in shady areas. It is primarily grown for its glossy, leathery, heart-shaped to kidney-shaped, dark green leaves (to 3" across) which remain evergreen in mild winters. Tiny, bell-shaped, greenish yellow flowers (to 1/2" wide) bloom in late spring to early summer. Flowers are hermaphroditic and are pollinated by flies. Flowers are usually not observed because they bloom at ground level and are covered by the dense foliage. Root has a mild ginger aroma.

No serious insect or disease problems. 

Ground cover for shady areas of woodland gardens, rock gardens and borders.

Asarum europaeum European wild ginger


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