Panda Face Ginger, Panda Flower
Asarum maximum

Family: Aristolochiaceae
Genus: Asarum (as-AIR-um) (Info)
Species: maximum (MAKS-ih-mum) (Info)

Category:

Perennials

Height:

under 6 in. (15 cm)

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Hardiness:

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)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Partial to Full Shade

Full Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Maroon (Purple-Brown)

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Evergreen

Shiny/Glossy-Textured

Other details:

This plant is suitable for growing indoors

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Regional

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

Clayton, California

Villa Rica, Georgia

Fallston, Maryland

Portland, Oregon

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Tyler, Texas

Seattle, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

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RatingContent
Positive

On May 20, 2008, chris_p_ from Myrtle Beach, SC wrote:

A wonderful garden surprize. I thought the bare root plant was dead last year after I planted it and I just left the pot in the sun porch. I watered it by accident a few weeks ago and suddenly a leaf almost 4 inches across appeared. I looked under the leaf and found this absolutely beautiful little flower. I really thought I was looking a a little Panda Face. Stunning!

Positive

On Oct 8, 2006, Flowerkid from Tyler, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is great patio plant, and especially nice to show children. You may need to move a leaf to see the bloom, so it's good to pot it. In a pot, it can be brought up to eye level, instead of scraping your chin on edging stones (for example) to see the blooms. The foliage alone is worth having the plant, even without the blooms.