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Wild ginger, also known as Asarum, grows well on the west coast of the United States because of the moist, mild conditions, and it creates a beautiful ground cover for any garden. Find out how to grow wild ginger, which is different from the ginger root... View Video Transcript
Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen, and in this segment, we're going to talk about how to grow wild ginger, or asarum, and it's a beautiful ground cover, that is from the west coast of the United States, and it's different from ginger plant, that you get the herb from or the root is used in cooking. It's a totally different plant, but it has flowers that are very similar, and that's why it's called a wild ginger, so wild ginger (asarum) is found from California redwood areas, all the way down to Santa Cruz, all the way up the coastline, into Canada, and Vancouver, BC, Canada, so it grows near the oceans, so asarum likes shady, moist, well drained soil, so like under the big trees of the redwoods, lots of little bark chips, and good composted soil, so while ginger has a beautiful flower on it, it looks almost like an orchid, and little heart shaped leaves, so it's a really pretty plant for your shade garden. As long as you keep it moist and give it good compost, with lots of bark, and tree material in it, it will thrive, and it will make a gorgeous ground cover for your garden.