Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (uncommon in Piedmont of NC-SC, rare in Coastal Plain of NC-SC)

Look for it in rich deciduous forests in circumneutral soils, per Weakley's Flora

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partial shade shade ...Moist ...Variable ...Dry

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Plant acaulescent (without aerial stems). Leaves alternate (may appear opposite

RHIZOMES? STOLONS?
Rhizomatous

FLOWER:
Spring
Maroon/ Brownish-purple
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
3-merous
3-lobed campanulate calyx
Petals absent, usually
12 stamens
Inferior ovary

FRUIT:
Spring
Capsule

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Magnoliids: Piperales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Asarum canadense   FAMILY Aristolochiaceae

LESS THAN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Asarum canadense   FAMILY Aristolochiaceae

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 062-02-001:
Asarum canadense   FAMILY Aristolochiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Asarum canadense

 

COMMON NAME:
Common Wild Ginger


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_asca_001_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm120326_989

March    McCormick County    SC

Stevens Creek Heritage Preserve

Leaves deciduous, membranous, pubescent, cordate to reniform, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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Tim Spira    tps_acanadense1

March        

Flower solitary, arising between the petioles. Petioles villous, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm170408_492

April    Laurens County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Tyger Ranger District

Plants spread both by seeds and by rhizomes, sometimes in dense carpets, per Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont.

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Keith Bradley    kab_asarum_canadense_2619

April    Calhoun County    SC

Congaree Bluffs Heritage Preserve

False calyx tube cylindric, externally hirsute (often densely), per Flora of North America.

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Keith Bradley    kab_asarum_canadense_5195

April    Watauga County    NC

Daniel Boone Native Gardens

Calyx lobes acuminate to short-caudate, 10-25mm long, spreading, per Weakley's Flora.

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Keith Bradley    kab_asarum_canadense_5208

April    Watauga County    NC

Daniel Boone Native Gardens

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_asarum_canadense

April        

Leaves pubescent, petioles villous, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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Ron Lance    rwl_asarumcanadensis

April    Jackson County    NC

Each plant has 2 kidney-shaped leaves with cordate bases, on long petioles, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

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JK Marlow    jkm0405h_17

May    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden