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Wild Ginger
Wild Ginger Photos © Kim Hosen; Merrimac Farm Wildlife Managemen Area, Nokesvile VA; May 2015  

Wild Ginger
Asarum canadense
Birthwort family, Aristolochiaceae

This colony-forming perennial can create a crowded network on the woodland floor, resulting in a dense ground cover.

It has fleshy rootstock, with a strong gingery flavor that blooms in spring. Large, velvety, heart-shaped leaves with a single darkish red-brown flower are attractive to butterflies.

Wild Ginger is a larval host to the Pipeline Swallowtail butterfly.