Asarum canadense L.
Asarum acuminatum (Ashe) E.P. Bicknell
Asarum canadense L. var. acuminatum Ashe
Asarum canadense L. var. ambiguum (E.P. Bicknell) Farw.
Asarum canadense L. var. reflexum (E.P. Bicknell) B.L. Rob.
Asarum reflexum E.P. Bicknell
Asarum rubrocinctum Peattie
Wild Ginger, Canada Wild Ginger, Canadian Snakeroot, Broad-leaved Asarabaccais
Canada wild ginger is native to North America. It is protected in Maine as a threatened species.
Identification: This ginger is a low-growing plant that does not exceed 12" (30 cm) in height. Leaves are heart-shaped, velvet green, 3-4" (7.6-10 cm) long. Flowers are a distinctive purple-brown color, a central cup shape surrounded by three fused sepals and no petals. They somewhat resemble trillium flowers.
Edibility: Poisonous Although the cooked roots have been used as a ginger substitute and, by some indigenous peoples, a medication, is it carcinogenic and toxic enough to injure the liver and kidneys.
Asarum canadense at Illinois Wildflowers
Asarum canadense on Missouriplants.com
Asarum canadense on Perry’s Perennial Pages at the University of Vermont
Asarum canadense in Paghat's Garden
Asarum canadense on eFloras
Asarum canadense description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.
Range: Zones 4-6: