Invasive Species Council of British Columbia
Grow Me Instead

Wild ginger

Asarum caudatum

About This Species

Zone 5a BC Native

Grow me instead of Purple deadnettle

Wild ginger is an evergreen native groundcover with glossy, kidney/heart shaped leaves that hug the ground and brownish-purple flowers that are pollinated by flies. Wild ginger forms large colonies. It gets its name for its ginger-scented foliage.

When selecting non-invasive plants for your garden, be sure to look for those that are suitable for your location, including moisture requirements, hardiness zone, and avoidance of known bear attractants among other factors.

Plant Special Features

  • Drought-tolerant
  • Fire smart
  • Bear smart
  • Pollinator friendly

Moisture Requirements


Moist but well-drained conditions