Asarum caudatum


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Asarum caudatum, also known as Wild Ginger “Mousie Tail,” is a native perennial herb of North America. This plant is perfect for those seeking an effective groundcover in shaded areas. Its evergreen foliage produces bell-like flowers from March to August, with a distinct purplish-brown to greenish-yellow coloration.

Aside from its ornamental value, Asarum caudatum also has many benefits. The root is edible and has been used by early settlers as a substitute for tropical ginger. Indigenous Peoples used the plant for medicinal purposes, with the root being laxative, stomachic, and tonic. It has been used to treat colds, colic, indigestion, and stomach pains. The whole plant is also analgesic, antirheumatic, appetizer, and tonic.

Growing conditions for Asarum caudatum are relatively simple, as it requires medium water use, shade, and moist, rich soil. Its fragrant flowers and foliage add an extra touch of beauty to your garden.

Asarum caudatum is a versatile and valuable addition to any garden or landscape. Whether you’re looking for an ornamental groundcover or a medicinal plant, Asarum caudatum has you covered.

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Perennial herb from extensive rhizomes, forming large mats; stems rooting freely.

Kidney-shaped, shiny, stalked, the blades 2.5-10 cm long, 5-15 cm wide; stalks and veins finely hairy.

Solitary, bell-like with 3 flaring lobes, these long-pointed; corollas purplish-brown to greenish-yellow, 2.5-8.0 cm long.

Fleshy capsules, seeds egg-like with fleshy appendages.


Additional information

Plant Size

Height 20 cm

Pot Size

1 gallon

Water Use


Light Requirements

Full shade, Part sun/part shade

Soil Moisture


Soil Description

Moist, rich soil


Mat forming, Provides extensive ground cover for large areas. It can be too rampant for smaller sites.


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