Japanese Wild Ginger foliage
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Height: 4 inches
Spread: 12 inches
Hardiness Zone: 5b
This evergreen clump-forming wild ginger is quite hardy and durable; each plant displays different varigation patterns on the leaves; a vigorous grower that makes an impressive low maintenance groundcover for a shaded moist area
Japanese Wild Ginger's attractive glossy heart-shaped leaves remain bluish-green in color with showy gray variegation throughout the season. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.
Japanese Wild Ginger is an herbaceous perennial with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other garden plants with finer foliage.
This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Japanese Wild Ginger is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- General Garden Use
- Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
Planting & Growing
Japanese Wild Ginger will grow to be only 4 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 inches. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.
This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is quite intolerant of urban pollution, therefore inner city or urban streetside plantings are best avoided, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in both summer and winter to conserve soil moisture and protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This species is not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division.