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Asarum splendens - (F.Maek.) C.Y.Chen & C.S.Yang

Common Name Chinese Wild Ginger
Family Aristolochiaceae
USDA hardiness 5-9
Known Hazards Leaves toxic [1-2].
Habitats Forest floors full to part shade.
Range Asia
Edibility Rating    (3 of 5)
Other Uses    (3 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (0 of 5)
Care
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full shade Semi-shade
Asarum splendens Chinese Wild Ginger


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Asarum splendens Chinese Wild Ginger
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Asarum splendens is an evergreen Perennial growing to 0.2 m (0ft 8in) by 0.6 m (2ft) at a slow rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 6.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid and neutral soils. It can grow in full shade (deep woodland) or semi-shade (light woodland). It prefers dry or moist soil.

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Synonyms

A. ching chengense C.Y.Chen & C.S.Yang. Heterotropa splendens F. Maek.

Habitats

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Root
Edible Uses:

A ginger-like rhizome with a strong potent flavour [1-2]. They are commonly referred to as wild gingers (not a culinary gingers) as their rhizomes have a similar spicy scent.

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Medicinal Uses

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Other Uses

Groundcover - an excellent groundcover for shade and semi-shade. Known to tolerate Juglone (a poisonous product produced by black walnuts Juglans nigra)[1-2]. Attractive leaves - Containers. Ornamental. Food Forest.

Special Uses

Food Forest  Ground Cover

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Cultivation details

A semi-evergreen perennial with thick heart-shaped, dark green leaves. Asarum splendens is a showy, vigorous groundcover for shade with a vigorous rhizomatic root that forms a thick mat of foliage. It will remain semi-evergreen through mild winters. Semi shade to full shade. It prefers moist, slightly acidic organic soil in a well-drained site and is ideal for a shady border or a woodland garden. In China it grows on mountain slopes between 800-1,300 m above sea level. Flower Color: Purple. Bloomtime: Early Spring Foliage Color: Variegated. Resistant: Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant.. For polyculture design as well as the above-ground architecture (form - tree, shrub etc. and size shown above) information on the habit and root pattern is also useful and given here if available. The plant growth habit is a runner spreading indefinitely by rhizomes or stolons [1-2]. The root pattern is rhizomatous with underground stems sending roots and shoots along their length [1-2]. Known to tolerate Juglone (a poisonous product produced by black walnuts Juglans nigra) [1-2].

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Propagation

Propagate by seed in containers in a cold frame as soon as ripe. Can also be propagated by division in early spring.

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Chinese wild ginger or showy Sichuan ginger

Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Asia, China, USA

Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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