Native Region: Western North America
Zone Range: 6-9
Preferred Climate: Semi shady; well draining fertile humus rich soil.
Harvest Date: Thursday 11 October, 2007
Seed count: 15-20
A lovely evergreen ground cover with heart to kidney shaped dark green leathery leaves with contrasting silver colouring along the main veining creating a series intricate arches. Greenish flowers have dark marron striping like flowers terminate in three long whiskers, but these are often held under the foliage unseen unless you get down on our hands and knees. Makes a large colony over time via short rhizomes and self seeding.
A wild ginger that is more drought tolerant than most. Overwintering plants in the greenhouse produces pale unmarked leaves and brown flowers.
Soak seed 24 hours then sow 4-6 mm deep in a moist mix of peat and coarse sand. Needs a cold stratification of 3-4 months. Germinate at 10-15 C. Should germinate in 30-45 days. You can cold stratify in a baggy filled with moist peat & coarse sand and germinate in the baggie. Make sure the medium doesn't get too wet or dry and transplant individuals into 4 inch pots or (preferrably) en masse in a one gallon. Loves growing in a colony with its kin.