Heartleaf Ginger, Asarum arifolium (aka Hexastalis)

Native to the southeastern US, Heart-leaf Ginger is an evergreen perennial in the Aristolochiaceae family that can be found growing in woodland settings. In your garden, plant along a shady edge. Dappled shade is an ideal setting for this plant, it does not do well in deep shade. When conditions are right, it will self-sow. Don't allow the plant to dry out in between watering.

One of its common names is Little brown jug for the fleshy, jug-shaped flowers that are pollinated by ants.

The foliage is evergreen and when exposed to cold weather, it may take on a purple hue. Both the coloring and shape of the leaves can vary greatly.

Its roots have a strong, aromatic aroma, similar to a mild pepper and ginger mix. Heart-leaf ginger is clump-forming. Its jug-shaped flowers are hidden under the speckled leaves.

Photos by K. Mulcahy

Sources:https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants, https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=caam2, other authoritative resources and personal experience.