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Re: 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.
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.


----- 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
growing up a tree. I am sorry I ever planted it.

zone 7
West TN

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