Attractive, low-growing ground cover suited for shaded areas. Grows to about a half foot tall with 6 inch diameter heart shaped leaves. Unlike many spring understory plants, wild ginger will keep its foliage throughout the season. A dark red-purple flower appears under the plant for a short period in early spring.
Native American tribes used wild ginger as a seasoning or to treat colds and fevers. European settlers used the root as a ginger substitute. Leaves may cause some skin irritation, so wear gloves.
Ontario Hardiness Zone: 3 to 7 (Find out your Hardiness Zone here)
Photo Credit: New Moon Nursery and Art Fire