from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A genus of apetalous exogenous plants, natural order Aristolochiaceœ, low, stemless herbs, with dull-brownish flowers and aromatic root-stock.
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- noun wild ginger
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Wild ginger (asarum) is also an article of considerable trade, as well as several kinds of snake root, pink root, puccoon, hellebore, lady's slipper, spikenard, Indian turnip, Indian hemp, and a hundred others.
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Plants Delight: Always the catalog with the most clever and timely covers, its pages are filled with unusual and cool perennials, with an emphasis on asarum, hardy ginger lilies, hellebores, hostas and ornamental grasses.
Pipevines share the family Aristolochiaceae with the wild gingers (asarum).
This gorgeous plant is from my shade garden in IL and is a European Ginger, asarum europaeum.