Saruma henryi

Upright wild ginger

Saruma henryi, commonly known as Upright Wild Ginger, is native to much of central China. 

In its homeland it used to thrive in dense forests, valleys and on the banks of streams but used medicinally, this plant has been placed on the Red List as over collecting has threatened its survival in the wild. 

Thankfully it is being cultivated by gardeners as a useful  ground cover plant for moist, permanent shade. 

It grows in a slowly spreading mound forming a carpet of  large, downy, heart-shaped leaves that have a silvery sheen tinged with purple in spring. These turn dark green and look fresh throughout the growing season. 

The three petalled pale yellow flowers are sweet rather than awe inspiring but as this plant must have shade, they will shine out of the gloom. Saruma henryi is the only species within this genus.

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Family

Plant type

Hardiness

Height

Spread

Foliage

Flower

Soil

Position

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Aristolochiaceae

Hardy perennial

H6

60cm 

90cm 

Dark green, hairy 

Bright sulphur yellow

Moist, humus rich

Full shade, partial shade

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