Wild Ginger, a stemless perennial herb. It is not related to true ginger, but like ginger, it has a spicy smell, and its roots and rootstocks are eaten, as an aid to digestion. Wild ginger grows best in rich, moist soil, away from direct sunlight. It bears two heart-shaped leaves, which lie close to the ground, and a single brownish flower.
The best-known North American wild ginger is Asarum canadense. A. caudatum is common on the West Coast; A. europaeum grows in Europe. Wild ginger belongs to the birthwort family, Aristolochiaceae.