Arrowleaf Ginger Plant
Arrowleaf Ginger Plant – Hexastylis arifolia
The Arrowleaf Ginger Plant is a perennial that loves wetland areas. Also known as Little Brown Jug, it is an evergreen ground cover plant. It is a perennial with pointed heart-shaped green leaves. It blooms late spring into early summer with tiny brown and purple-hued flowers, making it a pretty addition to a shade garden all year round.
This woodland species is native to the Eastern United States. It is commonly found in North and South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, and Tennessee forests. It will thrive in climate zones 4 through 8. This species of ginger seems to do best in more acidic soil that is moist. It will mature to a height of 4 to 6 inches. The spread will be approximately 8 to 15 inches. However, the ginger family is said to be slower growing than some other ground cover species. The plant is deer resistant.
Caring for Arrowleaf Ginger
The Arrowleaf Ginger Plant is well suited to tree-lined property edges and full or partially shaded gardens. It requires very little maintenance. You will need to be somewhat careful when raking or weeding around the plants to not pull them up and out of the ground. That is especially true for new plantings.
You can purchase this variety in seed form or as potted seedlings. It is best to plant in bare-root form with at least a 1-inch cover of loamy soil. You may require a little patience for this perennial to mature. It will be worth the wait.
The Arrowleaf Ginger Plant will be an excellent addition to your landscape; The heart-shaped, pointed leaves are a marbled green. The small jug-shaped flowers are deep purple to brown. A perennial is a plant that keeps on giving. It should produce colorful blooms year after year.