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PlantFiles: Wild Evergreen Ginger, Little Brown Jug
Hexastylis arifolia

Family: Aristolochiaceae
Genus: Hexastylis (hex-uh-STY-lus) (Info)
Species: arifolia (air-ih-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Asarum arifolium

2 vendors have this plant for sale.

11 members have or want this plant for trade.


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Partial to Full Shade

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
4.6 to 5.0 (highly acidic)
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive patp On May 25, 2004, patp from Summerville, SC (Zone 8a) wrote:

Wild Ginger grows in small clumps in deep shade at the back of our property, which is low but not quite swampy. It's not vigorous enough in this area to be used as ground cover but it's lovely nonetheless. Quoting from the book "Gardening with Native Plants of the South" it says, "For some reason, probably summer heat, wild ginger seems to be neither native nor adaptable to Zone 8, which covers most of the Coastal Plain." Guess we're lucky, since we're in Zone 8a, 30 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean and where summer heat is greater than it is nearer the ocean. I've seen it planted in pots that are for sale at the Charleston Aquarium. Wild Ginger remains green year round here and has a pretty mottled appearance. Transplanted clumps grow more vigorously than they do in the wild, probably because they're watered more regularly.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Birmingham, Alabama
Tuskegee, Alabama
Alpharetta, Georgia
Atlanta, Georgia
Cartersville, Georgia
Cornelia, Georgia
Norcross, Georgia
Royston, Georgia
Suwanee, Georgia
Washington, Illinois
Shawnee Mission, Kansas
Bridgewater, Massachusetts
Marlborough, Massachusetts
Saint Louis, Missouri
Flat Rock, North Carolina
Kinston, North Carolina
Monroe, North Carolina
Trinity, North Carolina
Rock Hill, South Carolina
Summerville, South Carolina
Ooltewah, Tennessee
Viola, Tennessee
Kirkland, Washington

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