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

Transplants in a field study had 53% survival after 7 years (Mottl et al. 2006). 

Mature plants transplanted in the field had 70-83% survival after two years (Golay et al. 2013, Altricher et al. 2020), and continued high survival in year 3 (Altricher et al. 2020). 

Ant dispersed; low seed output (Barkely 1986, Gleason and Cronquist 1991); self-sows (Mottl 2006, Altricher et al. 2020).

Forms dense colonies (Runkel and Bull 2009).

Wild ginger (Asarum canadense)

Wild ginger (Asarum canadense) flower