Plant types and subtypes: Perennials, Evergreens, Ground Covers
Light Requirements: part-shade, shade
Water Use: medium
Soil Moisture: dry, moist
Soil Description: acid, rich, loam, sand
Bloom Time: March, April
Bloom Color: purple, bronze
Leaf Color: green, gray-green, silver, multi-color
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8
Additional Tags: clumping, edible, evergreen, fall interest, fragrant root, ornamental foliage, shade garden plant, woodland plant
Pricing & Availability
Hexastylis arifoliaAlso known as:
little brown jug,
heartleaf wild ginger,
evergreen wild ginger
Hexastylis arifolia is a highly ornamental, evergreen, member of the Birthwort family which includes wild gingers. The leaves are heart-shaped, up to 6" long, somewhat waxy, and conspicuously mottled with silver blotches. the common name, littlebrownjug, refers to the shape of its unusual flowers. They emerge close to the ground in early spring, and are often hidden under leaf litter.
Littlebrownjug is easy to grow under dappled light to full shade, in moist, well-drained soil, rich in organic material. It is tolerant of the dry summer conditions found in mesic deciduous forests but, if given enough moisture, will slowly expand to produce large clumps creating a strinking ground cover with a tropical flair. Zones 5-8
Propagate by root division in early spring, or fall. Can be propagated by seed, however, they can be difficult to collect.
Like other of our native wild gingers, Hexastylis arifolia is edible, and has numerous purported medicinal benefits.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
AL, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA
USDA Endangered Status:
- Threatened: FL