Wild Ginger Plants In Your Yard
Wild ginger plants makes for excellent ground cover. Heart-shaped, glossy, lustrous leaves that cover the ground so well that one can barely see an inch of soil, are how a garden enthusiast will define these plants. Often, people confuse it with the ginger root plant. However, they do not come from the same family, and quite honestly, ginger root leaves aren’t as pretty as the foliage. The same name is shared by both the herbs, and so, maybe, it is thought to be. Versatile and easily grown, growing wild ginger is an excellent choice in a woodland garden, as a shade ground cover or mass plantings. Wild ginger plants in the wild have interesting, although not particularly lovely, spring blooms (April through May) that are hidden at the base of the plant among the stems. These flowers are about an inch long, shaped like an urn, and are pollinated by ground insects such as ants.
Grow wild ginger plants under trees and in front of taller plants in shaded areas to create a low maintenance, naturalistic landscape. One issue that might arise from these generally moist areas of the garden is damage to plants as the result of snails or slugs, especially in the early spring. The signs of damage on wild ginger plants will be big, irregular holes in foliage and slimy mucus trails. To battle against this prominent damage, remove mulch and leaf detritus near the plants and spread diatomaceous earth around the plants. If you aren’t squeamish, look for slugs a few hours after dark using a flashlight and remove them by hand picking or create a trap of shallow, beer-filled containers placed in a hole in the soil with the rim level to the soil.