Upright wild ginger

Upright Wild Ginger

Scientific Name

Saruma henryi

Order

Piperales

Family

Aristolochiaceae

Type

Perennial

Endangered Status

Endangered

Number of Recorded Individuals at the Zoo

7

Upright wild ginger

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Physical Description

Upright wild ginger’s round, heart-shaped leaves appear in the spring and resemble the foliage of the native ginger Asarum canadense. Its yellow flowers feature three petals each and bloom in mid spring. Native to China’s woodlands, valleys, and riverbanks, the upright wild ginger prefers rich, moist, and well-drained soil in partial to full shade. This perennial is at its best when planted in large groups in shady woodlands and naturalized areas.

Native Range

Central China

USDA Hardiness Zone

5–8

Average Mature Height

2 feet

Flower Color

Yellow

Flowering Months

April–May

Yellow flowers

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