Asarum canadense

Wild ginger is another pretty common native groundcover. I have a lot of it in my yard, and if it ever grows where I don’t want it I just dig it up and tuck in a dark corner somewhere.

It’s great because it tolerates drought and shade pretty well, and it’s always nice to have something green in an otherwise muddy or dusty corner. The flowers aren’t easily seen (you have to lift them out from under the leaves), but they’re interesting when you find them.

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