Asarabacca (Asarum europaeum)
Asarabacca (Asarum europaeum) is a perennial plant that can grow up to 10cm tall and 10cm – 50cm wide. In this growing guide we’ll learn the cultivation details and how to plant Asarabacca (Asarum europaeum).
This plant has several common names including: asarabacca, foalfoot, foal’s foot, hazelwort, wild ginger or wild nard.
This is a evergreen plant that takes 2-5 years to reach full maturity.
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Common name: asarabacca, foalfoot, foal’s foot, hazelwort, wild ginger, wild nard
Scientific name: Asarum europaeum
Plant type: Perennials
Habit: Mat forming
Height: Up to 10cm
Spread: 10cm – 50cm
Sunlight: Full shade, Partial shade
Soil: Clay, Loam, Sand
Moisture: Moist but well drained
Planting type: Ground Cover, Hedging & Screens
Other characteristics: RHS Award of Garden Merit
Perennial plants are one of the largest groups of plants.
They offer color, shape, fragrance and seasonal textures. The variety is such that there are plants to suit all sizes and styles of garden.
Traditionally, perennials are grown in borders, using a wall or hedge as a backdrop to bring out all their splendor during summer.
But since most gardens are not large enough for long borders dedicated exclusively to perennials, they are usually planted in mixed borders and beds, along with shrubs, annuals, biennials, and bulbs that extend the season of interest.
How to plant
In this section we will learn how to plant Asarabacca (Asarum europaeum), know its needs in terms of soil, watering and sun exposure.
Asarabacca (Asarum europaeum) is not a demanding plant regarding the type of soil and can grow in clay, loam or sand.
Clay soil is composed of more than 25 percent clay particles. These particles have a high moisture holding capacity and the soil is heavy to dig and can be waterlogged in winter (dry in summer).
The loam soil is dark, rich in organic matter but balanced in minerals. It offers the best of all worlds, retaining enough water for the plants, but allowing excess moisture to drain away. This is the most desired type of garden soil, perfect for most plants.
Sandy soil is light, porous and very easy to drain. It is a soil poor in organic matter and nutrients. It is composed of relatively large mineral particles that allow water to drain quickly.
As for pH, it is a plant that grows ideally in soils with pH acid or neutral.
Regarding drainage, Asarum europaeum likes to grow in moist but well drained soil.
Asarabacca (Asarum europaeum) is a plant that should be grown in shade or partial shade positions.