Western Wild Ginger

Asarum Caudatum

Asarum caudatum (British Columbia wild ginger, western wild ginger, or long-tailed wild ginger) is native to rich moist forests of western North America from British Columbia to California and as far east as western Montana. Asarum caudatum is an evergreen with flowers that develop from March to August. The flowers are distinct hirsute (hairy) cup-shaped, that are brown-purple to green-yellow which terminate in three long gracefully curved lobes, often concealed by leaves. The long rhizomes give rise to persistent reniform (kidney/heart shaped) leaves. Leaves are found in colonies or clusters as the rhizome spreads, forming mats. The leaves emit a ginger aroma when rubbed.

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