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R. W. Smith
Rich, moist deciduous forests, especially on banks, much less often in cedar swamps; very local or absent in the eastern Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Peninsula, elsewhere common.
A familiar wildflower, blooming in the spring with flowers hiding at ground level, but the broad reniform leaves persisting through the summer. The pronounced ginger-like aroma of the plant, particularly the bruised prostrate stems or shallow rhizomes, readily reminds one of the true ginger, a tropical monocot in the Zingiberaceae.