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Re: Chinese ginger - Yo Kitty!

Hello Kitty,
    You have pretty much said it all on gingers. My Chinese ginger has been
through two winters here now in a somewhat exposed position. Doing great.
The term "ground-cover" gets tossed around pretty loosely. Also the term is
getting a bad rap for I am hearing "if it grows that fast I do not want it
in my garden" You can use any plant with sufficient numbers and money to
cover any amount of ground in the garden... however that does not make them
a groundcover.
    Gene E. Bush
Munchkin Nursery & Gardens, llc
Zone 6/5  Southern Indiana

----- Original Message -----
From: "Kitty" <kmrsy@comcast.net>

> Maybe Gene will respond on this, but the Asarum gingers do not cover
> the way Lamium does.  Asarum europeum is a bit faster than A. splendens
> A. shuttleworthii in my experience, but it takes years to get a nice 3x3
> patch filled in.  I've only had the other two a couple of years but each
> 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
> 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
> with someone.  I think these 3 and some of the other Asarums are
> grondcvrs simply because they are low to the ground, not because they
> ground quickly.  Canadian (aka American) ginger, A. canadense does spread
> more quickly, is larger and not shiny, so you might want to steer away
> that one.
> Kitty

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