Asarum (Wild Ginger)
Juniper Level Botanic Garden - An Ex-Situ Conservation Garden
Our Mission is to Collect, Study, Propagate, and Share
As of 2018, JLBG has just over 25,000 taxa of living plants, making the collection one of the most diverse in the world. Fundraising for an operational endowment to preserve the garden is underway, administered by NC State University. If you'd like to help preserve the gardens and plant collections for future generations, you can do so with a tax-deductible contribution at JLBG.org and click on the Donate Link.
At Juniper Level Botanic Garden, part of our mission is to educate and share both plants and information. This photo/informational gallery is devoted to cataloging as many forms as possible. It is our hope that this photographic study gallery can also prevent duplicate use of names and prevent confusion in the trade.
JLBG currently houses one of the largest ex-situ Asarum collections in the word, comprising 561 taxa, including 86 of the currently 177 recognized species/subspecies. This includes the former genus Hexastylis, of which numerous DNA studies has shown nested well within the genus Asarum.
Asarum (Aristolochiaceae) are native in the USA, Asia, and Europe. The recognized species/subspecies by country are: Japan (83 species), China & Vietnam (42 species), US (23 species), China/Taiwan (13) Vietnam only (5), Korea (4), and Europe (3).
So far, we have posted over 300 images, but welcome images of taxa not seen here, and well as any comments on our taxonomy/naming.