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

Category:

Perennials

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Brown/Bronze

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Variegated

Silver/Gray

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:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

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, pr... read more