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Taxon: Asarum canadense L.

Genus: Asarum
Family: Aristolochiaceae subfamily: Asaroideae
Nomen number: 402526
Place of publication: Sp. pl. 1:442. 1753
Typification: View record from Linnaean Plant Name Typification Project of the Natural History Museum of London.
Name verified on: 14-Aug-1995 by ARS Systematic Botanists.
No species priority site assigned.
Accessions: 1 in National Plant Germplasm System.

Common names:

  • American wild ginger   (Source: Herbs Commerce ed2 ) – English
  • Canada snakeroot   (Source: Herbs Commerce ) – English
  • wild ginger   (Source: Dict Gard ) – English
  • asaret du Canada   (Source: F NAmer ) – French
  • gingembre sauvage   (Source: F NAmer ) – French
  • serpentaire du Canada   (Source: HerbSpices ) – French
  • kanadische Haselwurz   (Source: Zander Ency ) – German
  • kanadische Schlangenwurzel   (Source: HerbSpices ) – German
  • asaro   (Source: HerbSpices ) – Italian
  • asaro   (Source: HerbSpices ) – Spanish
  • serpentaria   (Source: HerbSpices ) – Spanish
  • kanadensisk hasselört   (Source: Vara kulturvaxt namn ) – Swedish

Economic importance:


Distributional range:

      Native: (links to other web resources are provided for some distributions)
  • NORTHERN AMERICA (Check conservation status in U.S. & Canada in NatureServe Explorer database)
    Eastern Canada: Canada - New Brunswick, Ontario, Quebec
    Western Canada: Canada - Manitoba [s.e.]
    Northeastern U.S.A.: United States - Connecticut, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia
    North-Central U.S.A.: United States - Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska [e.], North Dakota [e.], Oklahoma [n.e.], South Dakota [e.], Wisconsin
    Southeastern U.S.A.: United States - Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia

    United States



Check other web resources for Asarum canadense L.:


  • GRIN Images of germplasm accessions.
  • Fruit: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image
  • Seed: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image
  • Seeds: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image
  • Check for additional images
  • Google Images Images Note: Be advised that their identity may be inaccurate. Proper identification of a plant may require specialized taxonomic knowledge or comparison with properly documented herbarium material.

Abbreviations & symbols in GRIN Taxonomy

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Cite as:
USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program.
Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
URL: (07 October 2015)

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