Asarum Canadense, a deciduous perennial plant, native to northern North America, is not related to culinary ginger, but its fresh root does have a spicy aroma and reportedly can be used as a substitute for Zingiber officinale. Mostly, however, our gardeners use it as a ground cover. Its heart-shaped, light-green leaves grow on stems 4″ to 12″ long, and it spreads readily by rhizome, adding interest to shady areas. It’s a fairly low-maintenance plant.

Quart pots.