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Asarum Europaeum

Asarum Europaeum (Asarum europaeum (Asarabacca))

Position: cool shade or partial shade
Soil: prefers humus-rich soils which do not dry out in summer
Rate of growth: moderate with good spreading capacity
Flowering period: March to April. Most floriferous following a warm summer in the previous year
Flower colour: reddish purple
Hardiness: fully hardy

Robust and reliable groundcover plants, offering attractive foliage effect in shady places. Asarum europaeum has been valued and cultivated as a medicinal herb since the 13th century and is more tolerant than other varieties of the cooler British summers. These low, spreading plants have sweetly pungent roots which give rise to their common name of 'hardy ginger'. Exotic hooded purple-red flowers on short stems appear in the spring nestled under glossy rounded leaves.

Garden care: A low maintenance plant requiring only a light mulch of leaf mould or garden compost every one or two years to maintain soil fertility.

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