Variety #1: Asarum arifolium (Arrowleaf Ginger, Heartleaf Wild Ginger) has anise-scented leaves and produces tan/gray flowers in the shape of jugs, thus the nickname 'little jug'. The leaves can be variegated, although the leaves on my plant look pretty much the same shade of green at this point in time. The leaves are evergreen, although they turn brown and the old leaves die as new ones are forming. *Not sure if this plant serves as a larval host to any butterflies as does A. canadense, below (there was some conflicting information while I was trying to research the differences)* It contains a rodent carcinogen, so this herb may be poisonous to humans, as well.
Late April: The leaves are heart-shaped and quite large, but there are no signs of any blooms.
Late March: Last years brown foliage was still attached as the new growth popped through the ground.
Asarum canadense (Canadian Ginger, Canadian Snakeroot): Rhizomes were used by Native Americans as a seasoning and medicinal herb. It produces reddish-brown flowers with 3 sepals. *This plantserves as the larval host for the Pipevine Swallowtail*
Late April: The leaves are heart shaped but much smaller and rounder than the first variety.
Early April: Leaves have become fully rounded with a smaller heart shape, and red blooms have fully formed. The blooms are attached to the base of the plant underneath the leaves and are difficult to see unless you physically move the leaves.
Late March: The leaves are not yet fully developed and are quite small, but the flowers have formed.
They have spread quite a bit since they were planted a year ago.
Before Wednesday comes to a close, I wanted to join Gail at Clay and Limestone for Wildflower Wednesday, where garden bloggers post photos and information about wildflowers and native plants they are growing. I'm finishing this post just in the nick of time!
What gifts have you discovered today? Every day I discover something new. I hope you do, as well! Until next time,
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