- Position: cool shade or partial shade
- Soil: prefers humus-rich soils which do not dry out in summer
- Rate of growth: slow initially but with good spreading capacity
- Flowering period: March to April. Most floriferous following a warm summer in the previous year
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Robust and reliable groundcover plants, offering attractive foliage effect in shady places. Asarum europaeum has been valued and cultivated as a medicinal herb since the 13th century and is more tolerant than other varieties of the cooler British summers. These low, spreading plants have sweetly pungent roots which give rise to their common name of 'hardy ginger'. Exotic hooded purple-red flowers on short stems appear in the spring nestled under glossy rounded leaves.
- Garden care: A low maintenance plant requiring only a light mulch of leaf mould or garden compost every one or two years to maintain soil fertility.
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Q:I love this plant and was wondering if you think it would do well in a large pot? If so can you recommend planting companions to go with it and help brighten up a shady corner on my patio?
EmilyAsked on 14/6/2013 by emily from Worthing
Yes you could grow this plant in a pot but it does like moist, well drained soil so it must not dry out. It is a ground cover plant growing to approx 15cm tall by 30cm spread.
I would use plants like ferns, hostas, and shade loving grasses as companion plants.
Hope this helpsAnswered on 17/6/2013 by Georgina from Crocus
Q:Tom Stuart Smith Chelsea 2008
Hello, I wondered if you could help me identify the plants that were supplied by Crocus for Tom Stuart-Smith's garden at the Chelsea Flower Show 2008. I would be very grateful if you could let me know. Many thanks SuzanneAsked on 12/6/2009 by Suzanne Hind
A:Hello Suzanne It certainly was a beautiful garden and it included the following plants.Rodgersia podophylla, Molinia caerulea subsp. caerulea Strahlenquelle, Epimedium grandiflorum, Asarum europaeum, Hosta Devon Green, Paeonia Jan van Leeuwen, Astrantia major subsp. involucrate Shaggy, Selinum wallich, Darmera peltata (the one with the big, rounded leaves), and Hakonechloa macra. I hope this helps Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 17/6/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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