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Asarum europaeum

For sale by Lewis Cottage Plants

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The Shiny dark evergreen leaves of this low growing hardy herbaceous perennial provide luxuriant ground cover in deep shade. Insignificant Reddish purple flowers March-April. Ginger scented roots. H&S 6in x 12in. A woodland plant at its best grown in moist leafy soil in shade.

Asarum europaeum | Devon, EX17
Pot SizeTotal Price
1 litre

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Common names

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.

Interest and use

Walls, rock garden, ground-cover, wildflower/meadow.

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Asarum europaeum | Wantage, Oxfordshire, OX12 | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019
  • LightShade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilClay, Well drained, Sandy, Humus-rich
  • WaterSemi-moist

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