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Asarum canadense

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

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassMagnoliidaeIncludes magnolias, nutmeg, bay laurel, cinnamon, avocado, black pepper, and many others
OrderAristolochialesIncludes gingers
FamilyAristolochiaceaeBirthwort family
GenusAsarumWild ginger
SpeciescanadenseCanadian wild ginger

About plant names...

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 Skull & Crossbones 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.

Online References:

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 (Wild Ginger, Canada Wild Ginger, Canadian Snakeroot, Broad-leaved Asarabaccais)

6/22/2017 · Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA
≈ 8 × 5" (20 × 13 cm)

Asarum canadense (Wild Ginger, Canada Wild Ginger, Canadian Snakeroot, Broad-leaved Asarabaccais)

4/15/1979 · VA · By Tim Chandler

Asarum canadense description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 24 Jun 2017.

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Asarum canadense (Wild Ginger, Canada Wild Ginger, Canadian Snakeroot, Broad-leaved Asarabaccais)

6/15/2010 · Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA
≈ 21 × 14" (52 × 34 cm)

Asarum canadense (Wild Ginger, Canada Wild Ginger, Canadian Snakeroot, Broad-leaved Asarabaccais)

7/23/2015 · Beaver Brook Conservation Area, Hollis, NH
≈ 11 × 7" (28 × 18 cm)

Asarum canadense (Wild Ginger, Canada Wild Ginger, Canadian Snakeroot, Broad-leaved Asarabaccais)

6/22/2017 · Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA
≈ 12 × 8" (31 × 20 cm)

Asarum canadense (Wild Ginger, Canada Wild Ginger, Canadian Snakeroot, Broad-leaved Asarabaccais)

7/23/2015 · Beaver Brook Conservation Area, Hollis, NH
≈ 15 × 10" (37 × 25 cm)

Asarum canadense (Wild Ginger, Canada Wild Ginger, Canadian Snakeroot, Broad-leaved Asarabaccais)

6/22/2017 · Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA
≈ 8 × 5" (20 × 13 cm)

Range: Zones 4-6:

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