Asarum canadense L.
Common Name: WILD-GINGER

Coefficient of Conservatism: 5
Coefficient of Wetness: 5
Wetness Index: UPL
Physiognomy: Nt P-Forb

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.

Locations

Allegan County
Antrim County
Arenac County
Baraga County
Barry County
Bay County
Benzie County
Berrien County
Branch County
Calhoun County
Cass County
Clare County
Clinton County
Delta County
Dickinson County
Eaton County
Emmet County
Genesee County
Gladwin County
Gogebic County
Grand Traverse County
Gratiot County
Hillsdale County
Houghton County
Ingham County
Ionia County
Iron County
Isabella County
Jackson County
Kalamazoo County
Kent County
Keweenaw County
    Including Isle Royale
Lapeer County
Lenawee County
Livingston County
Macomb County
Manistee County
Marquette County
Mason County
Mecosta County
Menominee County
Midland County
Missaukee County
Monroe County
Montcalm County
Muskegon County
Newaygo County
Oakland County
Oceana County
Ontonagon County
Osceola County
Ottawa County
Saginaw County
Sanilac County
Shiawassee County
St. Clair County
St. Joseph County
Tuscola County
Van Buren County
Washtenaw County
Wayne County
Wexford County

Citation:

MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. July 25, 2014. http://michiganflora.net/species.aspx?id=198.