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Zone:  4-6

Height:  15-30 cm (6-12 in)

Spread:  30-45 cm (12-18 in); rhizomes spread to form colonies

Bloom:  Small (2 cm) reddish-brown flower attracts various insects; not very visible (at plant base under foliage) in early spring

Foliage:  Large (15 cm or 6 in), heart-shaped dark green matte leaves make handsome groundcover; deciduous

Light:  Part to full shade

Water:  Moderate

Soil:  Average to acidic; moist with good drainage

Garden site:  Front edge of perennial bed and under planting of shrubs and trees in forest garden setting

Asarum canadense (Canada wild ginger)