Authentic Wisconsin.  Wild Ginger - Asarum canadense


Wild Ginger near Agawa Path in Madison, Wisconsin on April 12, 2021.

Above: Wild Ginger near Agawa Path in Madison, Wisconsin on April 12, 2021.


Wild Ginger - Asarum canadense

Wild ginger is a low growing native plant the likes partial sun, shade; woods; in rich soil. Plants are 2"- 8" tall. The leaves afe kidney-shaped leaves and grow from creeping rhizomes.

The reddish/purple/dark brown bell-shaped flowers bud near the ground in spring and are often hidden by the leaves and blending in with soil and leaf litter. In different populations the sepal tips of the flowers can be remarkably varied in terms of orientation (reflexed or spreading), shape of the tapered point, and overall length which ranges 5mm – 15mm long or more.

Other names: Canadian wild-ginger.


For more information on Wild Ginger, visit Wikipedia.

Or, for information on Wild Ginger visit the Wisconsin State Herbarium.

Or, visit the UW-Madison Wisconsin Horticulture Division of Extension website page about Wild Ginger.


Wild Ginger near Agawa Path in Madison, Wisconsin on April 12, 2021.
Wild Ginger near Agawa Path in Madison, Wisconsin on April 12, 2021.
Wild Ginger flower just budding near Agawa Path in Madison, Wisconsin on April 12, 2021.
Wild Ginger flower just budding near Agawa Path in Madison, Wisconsin on April 16, 2021.
Wild Ginger flower just budding near Agawa Path in Madison, Wisconsin on April 16, 2021.
Wild Ginger flower just budding near Agawa Path in Madison, Wisconsin on April 16, 2021.
Wild Ginger near Agawa Path in Madison, Wisconsin on April 17, 2021.
Wild Ginger near Agawa Path in Madison, Wisconsin on April 17, 2021.
Wild Ginger near Agawa Path in Madison, Wisconsin on April 17, 2021.
Wild Ginger near Agawa Path in Madison, Wisconsin on April 17, 2021.
Wild Ginger near Agawa Path in Madison, Wisconsin on April 17, 2021.
Wild Ginger near Agawa Path in Madison, Wisconsin on April 17, 2021.
Wild Ginger near Agawa Path in Madison, Wisconsin on April 17, 2021.
Wild Ginger near Agawa Path in Madison, Wisconsin on April 17, 2021.
Wild Ginger near Agawa Path in Madison, Wisconsin on April 17, 2021.
Wild Ginger in UW Arboretum Native Gardens in Madison, Wisconsin on April 17, 2021.
Wild Ginger in UW Arboretum Native Gardens in Madison, Wisconsin on April 17, 2021.
Wild Ginger in UW Arboretum Native Gardens in Madison, Wisconsin on April 17, 2021.
Wild Ginger near Agawa Path in Madison, Wisconsin on April 19, 2021.
Wild Ginger near Agawa Path in Madison, Wisconsin on April 19, 2021.
Wild Ginger near Agawa Path in Madison, Wisconsin on April 19, 2021.
Wild Ginger near Agawa Path in Madison, Wisconsin on April 22, 2021.
Wild Ginger near Agawa Path in Madison, Wisconsin on April 22, 2021.
Wild Ginger near Agawa Path in Madison, Wisconsin on April 22, 2021.
Wild Ginger in UW Arboretum Native Gardens in Madison, Wisconsin on April 22, 2021.
Wild Ginger in UW Arboretum Native Gardens in Madison, Wisconsin on April 22, 2021.
Wild Ginger in UW Arboretum Native Gardens in Madison, Wisconsin on April 22, 2021.
Wild Ginger in UW Arboretum Native Gardens in Madison, Wisconsin on April 25, 2021.
Wild Ginger in UW Arboretum Native Gardens in Madison, Wisconsin on April 25, 2021.
Wild Ginger in UW Arboretum Native Gardens in Madison, Wisconsin on April 25, 2021.
Wild Ginger in UW Arboretum Native Gardens in Madison, Wisconsin on April 25, 2021.
Wild Ginger in UW Arboretum Native Gardens in Madison, Wisconsin on April 25, 2021.
Wild Ginger in UW Arboretum Native Gardens in Madison, Wisconsin on April 25, 2021.
Wild Ginger near Agawa Path in Madison, Wisconsin on April 26, 2021.
Wild Ginger near Agawa Path in Madison, Wisconsin on April 22, 2021.
Wild Ginger near Agawa Path in Madison, Wisconsin on April 26, 2021.
Wild Ginger near Agawa Path in Madison, Wisconsin on April 26, 2021.
Wild Ginger near Agawa Path in Madison, Wisconsin on April 22, 2021.
Wild Ginger near Agawa Path in Madison, Wisconsin on April 29, 2021.

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Wild Ginger
Asarum canadense


Wild Ginger near Agawa Path in Madison, Wisconsin on April 17, 2021.

Above: Wild Ginger near Agawa Path in Madison, Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin (4/17/21)


Wild Ginger near Agawa Path in Madison, Wisconsin on April 17, 2021.

Wild Ginger near Agawa Path in Madison, Wisconsin on April 17, 2021.

Above: Wild Ginger near Agawa Path in Madison, Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin (4/17/21)


Wild Ginger in UW Arboretum Native Gardens in Madison, Wisconsin on April 17, 2021.

Wild Ginger in UW Arboretum Native Gardens in Madison, Wisconsin on April 17, 2021.

Wild Ginger in UW Arboretum Native Gardens in Madison, Wisconsin on April 17, 2021.

Above: Wild Ginger in UW Arboretum Native Gardens in Madison, Wisconsin (4/17/21)


Wild Ginger near Agawa Path in Madison, Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin on April 21, 2021.

Above: Wild Ginger near Agawa Path in Madison, Wisconsin (4/17/21)


Wild Ginger specimen collected in Platteville, Wisconsin on June 6, 1977.

Above: Wild Ginger specimen collected in Platteville, Wisconsin on June 6, 1977.


1918 Wild Ginger botanical illustration.

Above: 1918 Wild Ginger botanical illustration.


1913 Wild Ginger botanical illustration.

Above: 1913 Wild Ginger botanical illustration.


1836 Wild Ginger botanical illustration by John Stephenson.

Above: 1836 Wild Ginger botanical illustration by John Stephenson.


1885 Wild Ginger botanical illustration by Otto Wilhelm.

Above: 1885 Wild Ginger botanical illustration by Otto Wilhelm.


1685 Wild Ginger botanical illustration.

Above: 1685 Wild Ginger botanical illustration.



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