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  • Scientific name:
    Hexastylis arifolia
  • Common Name:
    Heartleaf ginger
  • Scientific Name Pronunciation:
    hex-uh-STY-lus air-ih-FOH-lee-uh
  • Plant Type: Groundcover
  • Hardiness Zones:
    5-9
  • Usual Size:
    2-10 in. H x 12 in. W
  • Flower:
    Urn-like blossom is really a jug-shaped calyx with 3 pointed lobes close to the ground and is sometimes hard to find.
  • Bloom Time Notes:
    Spring
  • Leaf:
    Leaves are 3-6 inches long (sometimes longer) and form thick, evergreen, arrowhead-shaped triangles on long petioles arising from the rootstock
  • Wildlife:
    Pollinated by small insects
  • Natural Habitat:
    Common in rich, shady, moist woods; also sometimes in dry woods.
  • Propagation:
    Divide older plants carefully in early spring or late fall; difficult from seed
  • Cultural Notes:

    Heartleaf ginger (Hexastylis arifolia) has beautiful evergreen foilage frequently decorated with an intricate, mottled pattern of silver or cream; frequently bears only one or two leaves in dry Piedmont woods, but in humus-rich locations it is not uncommon to find spectacular clumps bearing a dozen to two dozen leaves. Plant can survive with very little sun if it has sufficient moisture, but needs well-drained soil.

    Brush away the leaf litter to reveal the flowers to kids in spring time.

    Transplant tips: The feeder roots are fleshy and if disturbed the plant might droop and will need a little care and time to recover; keep plant moist during recovery.

     

    Other Common Names: Little Brown Jug, Evergreen Wild Ginger, Arrow-Leaf Ginger

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