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The “Umbrella Plant”, a giant saxifrage relative, is an absolutely superb specimen that starts off with truly gorgeous sprays of pink flowers on thick stems in earliest spring. It then pushes up umbrella-like leaves, rather like a gunnera but not as large or sprawly. This stunning waterside plant is especially wonderful in the waters edge, or where it can be allowed to grow large. Best for damp soil!
Asarabacca, Wild nard, European ginger, Hazelwort
Asarum europaeum (Asarabacca). This species has glossy deep green kidney-shaped leaves with dull 3-lobed flowers that hang close to the ground. It is widespread in Britain but quite rare. This plant is often found in the wild in Northern Europe. STEM: 5-10cm long, creeping, rooting ROOT: Branched, creeping stock HAIRS: Short hairs on stems and flowers STIPULES: Absent LEAF-STALK: Longer than blade BRACTS: Absent FLOWER STALK: Longer than flower PETALS: 3, triangular, equal, pointed, joined into a perianth or short tube. STAMENS: 12 STIGMA: Usually 6 OVARY: 1, usually 6-celled SEEDS: Numerous, 2-3mm, flattened.
They are fully hardy and will prefer to be grown in shade with humus-rich moist but well drained soil.
Walls, rock garden, ground-cover, wildflower/meadow.