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Re: Chinese ginger - Yo Gene!


Well, anything that can hold its own against LOV has to be pretty durable.
I have LOV from the previous owners. Every year the pips start their
vigorous move, covering the pathway at the corner of my house near the
compost bin.  Constant walking on it kills off the new growth so it pretty
much stays where it is.
Unfortunately, in my earlier, less-aware days, I moved some pips to another
location and the darn things keep popping up where they shouldn't.

Kitty

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "cathy carpenter" <cathyc@rnet.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, August 09, 2004 3:43 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Chinese ginger - Yo Gene!


> Our native ginger, A.canadense, covers ground quickly enough to be
> considered a pest by some, but it still looks nice (if you don't want
> shiny) - I have it competing with sweet woodruff and lilu of the valley
> and it is doing well.
> Cathy
> On Sunday, August 8, 2004, at 10:30 AM, Kitty wrote:
>
> > Maybe Gene will respond on this, but the Asarum gingers do not cover
> > ground
> > the way Lamium does.  Asarum europeum is a bit faster than A.
> > splendens and
> > A. shuttleworthii in my experience, but it takes years to get a nice
> > 3x3 ft
> > patch filled in.  I've only had the other two a couple of years but
> > each has
> > spread only an inch, maybe two in that time.  I grow them more as
> > accents
> > rather than grndcvrs because they are expensive.  I've been fortunate
> > in
> > recent years that my established clump of European Ginger has been
> > visited
> > by ants who take the seeds to new locations so I've had tiny
> > volunteers pop
> > up under my peonies.  This is not frequent, but a very pleasant
> > surprise.
> > When a little clump gets big enough I can move some to another area or
> > share
> > with someone.  I think these 3 and some of the other Asarums are
> > considered
> > grondcvrs simply because they are low to the ground, not because they
> > cover
> > ground quickly.  Canadian (aka American) ginger, A. canadense does
> > spread
> > more quickly, is larger and not shiny, so you might want to steer away
> > from
> > that one.
> >
> > Kitty
> >
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: <Zemuly@aol.com>
> > To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> > Sent: Sunday, August 08, 2004 9:25 AM
> > Subject: Re: [CHAT] Chinese ginger
> >
> >
> >> Oooh, Chris, that is so pretty.  I, however, cannot "do" another
> >> ground
> >> cover.  I have that awful ground ivy everywhere plus Lamium, which  is
> > still
> >> growing up a tree.  I am sorry I ever planted it.
> >>
> >> zem
> >> zone 7
> >> West TN
> >>
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