Asarum lewisii 'Flossie'
Flossie's Ginger Gone Wild
Item #: 1402
Zones: 5a to 9b
Height: 4" tall
Culture: Part Sun to Shade
Origin: United States
Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)
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We are excited to once again offer this very rarely offered, Southeast US native wild ginger. Asarum lewisii is the kudzu of gingers, quite unlike other gingers in that the runners can reach 20' (not inches) long, with leaves occurring every 2-3 inches along the stem. Asarum lewisii is found naturally moist seasonal floodplains of deciduous forests, growing in either leaf duff or sphagnum. The foliage on this Flossie Johnson selection (cuttings from Wake Co., NC) resembles Asarum virginicum with 2" wide glossy green silver-veined leaves. In a garden setting, you can expect a 3' wide patch in 5 years. Starting in mid-April (NC), you can enjoy the dark purple thimble-sized, very hairy flowers with lovely interior reticulate venation of purple against a creamy background...assuming you can still get down on the ground to see them.