Wild Ginger

 

Wild Ginger-Asarum caudatum
Wild Ginger is a perennial 1' by 3'and larger, large dark-green heart-shaped leaves 3" across, small reddish 'bat' flowers. An excellent groundcover along coast in part shade or redwood garden. It needs regular water in most of Calif.. It looks un-native .The rootstock can be used as ginger. It showed a lot of damage when snow covered it for a day, but recovered nicely. Ours have gone through 10 deg. weather ok as long as the plants are in protected spots, i.e. in the open the temp was 10, under the heavy shade of a tree with 3" of leaf litter it was 20-25.