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Asarum maximum ‘Shell Shocked’


Asarum maximum 'Shell Shocked' is a wild ginger with silver tortoise-shell veins on shiny green foliage and dramatic black and white flowers.

Asarum maximum 'Shell Shocked' has heart-shaped, bright green foliage with minty silver tortoise-shell veins. The dramatic flowers are black with a white lobes around the centre and smell like mushrooms. Wild ginger is a great shade plant for the front of the border and makes a beautiful specimen for a clay pot on a patio table.

Common Name: Giant Wild Ginger

Family: Aristolochiaceae (The Birthwort Family)

Zone Hardiness: 6-9


Height: 4-8"

Width: 8-12"

Primary Bloom Colour: Black

Secondary Bloom Colour: White/Cream

Class: Evergreen

Type: Perennial

Bloom Time: Spring

Soil Moisture: Moist, Average

Stem Colour:

Fragrance: Yes

Berries: No


Deer Resistant: Unknown

BC Native: No

Native Habitat: Forests in humus rich soils at elevations of 600 - 800 metres.


Geogrpahical Origin: Asia and the Pacific - Asia - China and Japan

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