Early spring-flowering, North American perennial
Description: Unusual, burgundy-brown, jug-like flowers appear at soil level, where they are pollinated by ants
Habit: Succulent foliage on 6 to 12 inch, mat-forming plants
Culture: Prefers shade and humus-rich soil; plant shallowly
Hardiness: Cold hardy to USDA Zone 3
Origin: North America
Attributes: Rain garden, deer resistant
This herbaceous North American wildflower, called Wild Ginger on account of the ginger-like fragrance and flavor of the roots, was listed by John Clayton of Williamsburg in the early 18th century. The species was introduced to British gardens by 1713 and was reported by Peter Collinson in London. Wild Ginger thrives on the wooded slopes of Monticello Mountain where it forms dense carpets. It is a choice native perennial for shade gardens and tolerates browsing deer.
This plant will ship bare root. Grade: #1
Bare root planting tips:
~ If you can't plant immediately, store your plant in a cool location and keep the roots moist or pot in a container with a nursery potting mix from your local garden center.
~ Before planting, let the roots soak for several hours as you prepare the site. You'll want to dig a large enough hole so the root mass can spread out and the plant is at the same soil level as when it was growing in the nursery.
~ Once planted, water it in well and wait a month before fertilizing. Mulching will help to maintain moisture and raise soil temperatures for faster growth.