Chinese Wild Ginger

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Fast-Growing Chinese Ginger Groundcover Thrives in Shade!

  • Deep Dark Green Foliage
  • Silver Streaks, Splotches & Markings
  • Dark Purple Undersides
  • Thickly Growing Groundcover
  • Forms Dense Mounds Fast!
  • Chocolaty Dark Purple Flowers
  • 6" Heart-Shaped Leaves
  • Deer Resistant
  • Great in Woodland Gardens & Rock Gardens
  • Shade Loving Plant!
  • Moist, Slightly Acidic Soil
  • Semi-Evergreen in Warm Climates
  • Easy To Grow!

Gorgeous carpets of lush foliage always soothe the senses and enliven garden beds the way no amount of plain old mulch can. Quickly filling in around bare tree roots and hiding the legs of shrubs in shady areas with lush greenery!

Chinese Ginger, or also known as Wild Ginger (Asarum splendens), is an ornamental perennial in the tropical Ginger family with uniquely decorative foliage. The heart-shaped leaves feature a generous deep green hue and are streaked and spattered in silver! The undersides of each leaf are a gorgeous purple tone.

You've never seen foliage quite like this! Unlike other Wild Gingers that have tiny leaves, the Asarum splendens steps into the spotlight with magnificent foliage and color on a larger scale. The effect is breathtaking up close and head-turning at a distance.

Mounding and spreading quickly via vigorous rhizomatic growth, you'll be amazed at how they can amplify any garden planting or even add drama to a container!

Early spring also brings unique chocolatey-purple flowers that are cup-shaped are hiding under the dense foliage!

How to Use Chinese Ginger In The Landscape

Plant several Chinese Wild Ginger as a short border or ground covering accent along the edges of your shady garden beds or under the dappled shade of large trees and shrubs.

Let spill gracefully over retaining walls and slopes or allow it to do its thing and ramble around throughout your mixed-shrub borders for wonderful intertexture!

They would also look terrific along a natural area of your property or woodland path, naturalizing themselves happily throughout the year as an underplanting among your perennials, shrubs and under trees.

A fabulous spiller in containers and planters, it quickly forms a thick mat of foliage and drapes over the edges, or fills in the gaps! Addingsultry deep-green shades anywhere!

#ProPlantTips For Care

Chinese Ginger is deer and rabbit resistant, and very easy to grow! It pretty much takes care of itself.

Hardy to zones 6 through 9, the foliage can remain semi-evergreen in mild winters and overwinters underground in colder climates.

It spreads quite quickly for a Ginger, making it a good investment, covering almost 6 feet per plant! In fact, the Asarum Splendens has been known to develop foot-long rhizomes in one season. Wild Ginger won't choke out other plants and overpower your garden beds, reaching around a foot tall!

Preferring moist well-drained humus, loamy or sandy soil, Chinese Ginger does need good consistent moisture. Be sure to keep well watered in the heat of summer for the lushest foliage and fastest growth possible.

Requiring the full shade or some dappled sun to maintain that amazingly deep green, these resilient plants are incredibly pest and disease-free! Keep soil pH on the acidic to the neutral side for the best health!

For a truly unique and beautiful groundcover plant, you can't do better than the Chinese Ginger. Be sure to give Nature Hills a call as soon as you see this amazing plant in stock or you'll miss out this year!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Chinese Wild Ginger Is Suited to Grow in Zones 6-9
Growing Zones 6-9
More Information
Brand Plants That Work
Botanical Name Asarum splendens
Type Perennial
Mature Height 6 - 8 inches
Mature Spread 12 - 24 inches
Sun Exposure Full Shade
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Deep Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time Spring - Summer
Pruning Time Early Spring
Fragrant No
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