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Wild Ginger - Asarum canadense

Wild Ginger
“In joy or sadness flowers are our constant friends.” ~ Kakuzō Okakura

Wild Ginger (Asarum canadense) is an unusual spring wildflower. The flowers are bell-shaped, brown and purple on the inside, and they are held low to the ground beneath the leaves. The broad green leaves above are distinctively heart-shaped. Native Americans used wild ginger as a spice by drying the root and then crushing it into a powder. It has also been used medicinally as a poultice to treat wounds. You can find wild ginger at Eagle Creek State Nature Preserve in Portage County and Miller Sanctuary State Nature Preserve in Highland County.

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