Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Little Heartleaf

The wild gingers are pretty inconspicuous in our garden until late fall, when Winter has begun some serious winnowing... then one day you suddenly realize that these are pretty cool little plants. This is Asarum minor Dixie Darling, from Plant Delights Nursery. I actually should change its label to the now recognized genus hexastylis, where the evergreen gingers have all been placed, but on my list of things to do it's so far down that I'll still be talking about it when Halley's Comet makes its next appearance. Under whatever name, it is indeed a lovely little woodlander for dry shade. Its new leaves in spring are green with silver webbing; in late fall it starts getting hints of pink, deepening to burgundy, then to maroon during the winter. Its flowers in spring are reddish purple with white spots. Asarum (Hexastylis) minor is native to the mid-Atlantic states, west into Tennessee and Kentucky, where it is sometimes called 'Little Heartleaf'.
I look forward to having large patches of evergreen gingers, but in this climate they are quite slow-growing, and the comet might be here before that occurs, too.
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I thought perhaps this was another cyclamen! ;-)

That's a very pretty wild ginger. My 91-year-old gardening (heroine)aunt gave me some wild ginger this summer. I'm sure from "the woods." I have not looked it up. I should post a photo.

So, you should give some info about the prairie you work with.
This reminds me of my hardy cyclamen!
Shady... I will sometime give more information on the preserve I'm working on (we were burning it today).
Kylee... it really does look like a cyclamen; I said the same thing.
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