Family, Birthwort. Color, dull brown-purplish. Corolla, wanting. Calyx, bell-shaped, spreading, with 3 short, pointed lobes lying flat, open. Stamens, 10. Style, 6-lobed at summit, with 6 spreading stigmas. Fruit, a fleshy, roundish capsule, bursting irregularly and scattering many seeds. Leaves, 2, on long petioles, from creeping rootstocks, kidney-shaped, 4 to 5 inches broad, thin, and translucent. Early May.

Wild ginger. asarabacca. (Asarum canadetise)

Wild ginger. asarabacca. (Asarum canadetise)

The flower grows low down near the root, from between the leaves, on a short peduncle. Its dull color enables it to hide itself with ease under the broad pair of leaves which rise above it. Unless one should recognize the leaf, it would be difficult to discover this plant. Its rootstock has a pungent, aromatic, ginger-like taste. It has pretensions to being among our earliest spring flowers, being mentioned by Mr. Gibson as among the possible March bloomers. Rich, damp woods. Common. (See illustration, p. 306.)