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May 2007 - Wild Ginger
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Wild Ginger, Asarum caudatum
Wild Ginger, Asarum caudatum
Wild Ginger is very easy to miss, as its flowers hide under its large (4 inches wide and 6 inches long) heart-shaped leaves. Since they do not reach for the sun like most flowers, they are not pollinated by bees and flies, but by beetles.
 
Wild Ginger blooms from the latter part of April through to July in the forests British Columbia south to central California and east to western Montana.  These plants favour moist, shaded sites with humus-rich soil. When crushed, the plant emits a strong ginger-like aroma. As a medicinal herb, it can be used much like true ginger.

Because of their shyness, they are often missed by those that venture forth in search of the spring flowers, so keep your eyes open!
Wild Ginger, Asarum caudatum
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