Wild-ginger is an Illinois native wildflower that can be used as a ground cover. It is known for its hairy, heart-shaped leaves. This plant flowers in spring, but the flowers are held low to the ground and are often overlooked.
This species is native to the Chicago Region according to Swink and Wilhelm’s Plants of the Chicago Region, with updates made according to current research.
- Family (English) Pipevine
- Family (botanic) Aristolochiaceae
- Tree or plant type Ground cover, Perennial
- Native locale Chicago area, Illinois, North America
- Size range Low-growing plant (under 6 inches)
- Light exposure Partial sun / shade (4-6 hrs light daily), Full shade (4 hrs or less of light daily)
- Hardiness zones Zone 4, Zone 5 (Chicago), Zone 6
- Soil preference Acid soil, Moist, well-drained soil
- Tolerances Wet sites
- Season of interest early spring, mid spring, late spring, early summer, midsummer, late summer
- Flower color and fragrance Inconspicuous, Other
- Shape or form Creeping
- Growth rate Moderate