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Marbled Wild-ginger Back to Plant Page
Asarum marmoratum

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About Marbled Wild-ginger (Asarum marmoratum) Asarum marmoratum is a species of wild ginger known by the common name marbled wild ginger. It is native to the Klamath Mountains of northern California and southern Oregon, as well as adjacent slopes of the Cascade Range. It is a plant of moist high-elevation forests and rocky mountainsides. This is a rhizomatous perennial herb with hairy green leaves with bright cream-white colored marbling. The leaves are heart-shaped to kidney-shaped to nearly round. Flowers appear at ground-level. They consist of three coarsely hairy sepals which are dark greenish brown outside and dark reddish inside. The fruit is a fleshy capsule containing many seeds.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Flower Color
White, Cream

Native Status
Natural Setting
Elevation ?
1082' - 5062'

Annual Precip. ?
70.3" - 95.5"

Summer Precip. ?
1.63" - 2.69"

Coldest Month ?
37.9° F - 42.7° F

Hottest Month ?
56.3° F - 70.0° F

Humidity ?
0.60 vpd - 22.01 vpd

Landscaping Information
Common uses
Deer Resistant

Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Marbled Wild Ginger, Marbled 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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