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Asarum hartwegii

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About Wild Ginger (Asarum hartwegii) Asarum hartwegii is a species of wild ginger known by the common name Hartweg's wild ginger. It is endemic to California; It grows in forest habitat. This is a perennial herb growing from a ginger-scented rhizome which extends vertically deep into the ground. It forms a clump of elaborately white-veined leaves which are heart-shaped to round in shape and coated in curved hairs. Each is borne on a long petiole up to 21 centimeters long. It bears a solitary flower near the ground on a short peduncle. The flower has no petals but three curving, hairy, brownish or maroon sepals which are whitish with red stripes on their inner surfaces. The fruit is a fleshy capsule containing many seeds.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Flower Color
Brown, White, Purple, Red

Flowering Season
Spring, Summer

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Dry rocky, open slopes

Sun, Part Shade, Full Shade

Elevation ?
15' - 8375'

Annual Precip. ?
18.2" - 88.0"

Summer Precip. ?
0.25" - 3.20"

Coldest Month ?
26.2° F - 48.5° F

Hottest Month ?
53.4° F - 74.2° F

Humidity ?
0.49 vpd - 23.20 vpd

Sunset Zones ?
1, 2, 3, 4*, 5, 6*, 7*, 14, 15*, 16*, 17

Landscaping Information
Water Requirement ?
Extremely Low
Very Low
Moderate - High

Nursery Availability
Sometimes Available

Other Names
Common Names
Hartweg's Wild Ginger, Hartweg's Wildginger

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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