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Asarum canadense

Common Name(s)
Wild ginger
Flowering Time
Fruit/Seed Maturation Sign
Difficult to tell when fruit ripens; check periodically; seeds are mature when they turn a rich brown
Fruit/Seed Collection Dates
Late May through mid June

Transplants in a field study had 53% survival after 7 years (Mottl et al. 2006). Wild ginger self-sows and has extensitve vegetative spread (Mottl et al. 2006), and once introduced spreads raplidly (Mabry personal observation).

Mature plants transplanted in the field had 70-83% survival after two years (Golay et al. 2013, Altricher et al. 2020), and continued high survivial in year 3 (Altricher et al. 2020). In addition, by year two new plants were establishing either by seed or vegetatively (Golay et al. 2013, Altricher et al. 2020).

Ant dispersed; low seed output; high vegetative spread (Barkely 1986, Gleason and Cronquist 1991).

Wild ginger (Asarum canadense)

Wild ginger (Asarum canadense) flower

Seed Cleaning
Remove seeds from capsule before capsule deteriorates
Intolerant of dry storage (Cullina 2000)
Restoration Potential
Proven performer by vegetative spread