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A plant that consistently gets attention in our woodland garden is the dwarf Chinese Asarum debile. We find it quite puzzling that this fabulous groundcover hasn't yet made it into mainstream commerce...something we aim to fix. Asarum debile is a streamside grower that's found in moist forests from 4,000-7,000' elevation in the Chinese provinces of Anhui, Hubei, Shaanxi, and Sichuan. We obtained this superb clone of the deciduous Asarum debile from our friend Hans Hansen in 2009, when he moved from Minnesota to Michigan. Our small start quickly developed into a 3' wide patch of small, round green leaves, held atop upright petioles. Unlike most other wild gingers, the unique small red flowers are also held on upright stalks in May and June, just below the leaves. We think Asarum debile 'Coveralls' is an absolute delight and hope you agree. In the world of Chinese medicine, Asarum debile is better known by the alias "tong qian xi xin."
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