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Asarum europaeum
Common Name: Asarabacca Family: Aristolochiaceae (The Birthwort Family)

Asarum europaeum is widely distributed in the woodlands of Europe. Similar to our native species, Asarum caudatum, it has attractive, somewhat glossy, kidney-shaped to round foliage but with shaggy hairs on the creeping rhizomes and leaf stalks. Combines well with lacy ferns and bleeding hearts. Intriguing brownish-red flowers appear beneath the foliage so make sure to watch for them.


Geogrpahical Origin:
Europe and Africa - Europe and Western Russia

Native Habitat:

ClassEvergreen Primary Bloom ColourRed
TypePerennial Secondary Bloom Colour
Height4-8" Bloom TimeSpring
Spread12-24" FragranceNo
Light ExposureLoves Shade Full - Part Shade Shade Part Shade Foliage ColourGreen
Soil MoistureAverage Moist Stem Colour
Hardiness6-9 BerriesNo
BC NativeNo

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Recommended Companion Plants:
Blechnum spicant
Athyrium nipponicum ‘Pictum’
Dicentra spectabilis
Dicentra ‘King of Hearts’

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