Aristolochiaceae
Asarum caudatum

Long-Tailed Ginger

Spreading evergreen, often in large mats. Brittle, horizontal, root-like rhizome just under soil. Leaves uniformly green, heart-shaped, in pairs with long petioles. Flowers at tip end of rhizomes, dark maroon or rarely green, 3 calyx tips tapering into long tails, inner surface of tube white with 1 red horizontal stripe. Grows in moist places on forest floors from coastline to high elevations. All asarums have the scent of ginger when touched or broken.

  • Rarity: Locally Common
  • Flowering Time: Late Spring, Early Summer
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: Mat
  • Habitat: Coastal, West-Side Forest, East-Side Forest
  • Found In: Olympic NP, Mt. Rainier NP, N Cascades NP, Crater Lake NP, West Gorge, Siskiyous
  • Native: Yes