Asarum caudatum

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Asarum caudatum
Asarum caudatum 10993.JPG
Conservation status

Secure (NatureServe)[1]
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Magnoliids
Order: Piperales
Family: Aristolochiaceae
Genus: Asarum
Species: A. caudatum
Binomial name
Asarum caudatum

A. caudatum var. caudatum
A. caudatum var. viridiflorum

Asarum caudatum (British Columbia wild ginger, western wild ginger, or long-tailed wild ginger) is native to rich moist forests of western North America from British Columbia to California and as far east as western Montana.

In spring, it develops distinct hirsute (hairy) cup-shaped, brown-purple to green-yellow flowers which terminate in three long gracefully curved lobes, often concealed by leaves. The long rhizomes give rise to persistent reniform (kidney/heart shaped) leaves. Leaves are found in colonies or clusters as the rhizome spreads.[2] The leaves emit a ginger aroma when rubbed.[3]


  1. ^ "Asarum caudatum". NatureServe Explorer. NatureServe. Retrieved 2007-12-15. 
  2. ^ Whittemore, Alan T. ; Mesler, Michael R.; Lu, Karen L. (2006). "Asarum caudatum". In Flora of North America Editorial Committee, eds. 1993+. Flora of North America 3. New York & Oxford: Oxford University Press. 
  3. ^ US Forest Service Fire Ecology

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