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Asarum splendens

Family: Aristolochiaceae
Genus: Asarum (as-AIR-um) (Info)
Species: splendens (SPLEN-denz) (Info)

Synonym:Hexastylis splendens

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

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
Full Shade

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Bloom Color:
Maroon (Purple-Brown)

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring


Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

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Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive akcrafter On Jul 2, 2010, akcrafter from Philadelphia, PA wrote:

Ansarum splendens is a lovely shade garden plant. Its strongly marked leaves with a silvery shading on a very dark background catches the eye. I have some planted in light shade and other plants in dark shade and both seem happy and healthy. I am on year three with these plants and they come back reliably. Mine are in well drained, moderately rich soil and get watered a couple of times a week when it is hot and dry. They live adjacent to yellow corydalis, yarrow, solomon's seal and astilbe in a fern garden. So far I have seen no pest or disease issues. While not fast growers mine seem to be growing a bit each year. It is always a pleasure to find a smallish shade garden plant that lays close to the ground and has presence.

Positive Toxicodendron On May 4, 2004, Toxicodendron from Piedmont, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:

To clear any possible confusion:
This is an ornamental, or wild ginger. It is now classed as Hexastylis splendens because it is an evergreen plant, and spreads by runners to form a groundcover.
Edible ginger is Zingiber officinale.


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

Ijamsville, Maryland
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Cedar Springs, Michigan
Saint Louis, Missouri
Brooklyn, New York
New Hyde Park, New York
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
Cincinnati, Ohio
Portland, Oregon
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Arlington, Tennessee
Hood, Virginia
Springfield, Virginia

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