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Hexastylis arifolia

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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

Height: 6"-12"

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

Hexastylis arifolia (littlebrownjug)
  • Hexastylis arifolia (littlebrownjug)
  • Hexastylis arifolia (littlebrownjug)
  • Hexastylis arifolia (littlebrownjug)

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Hexastylis arifolia

Also known as:



little brown jug


heartleaf wild ginger




evergreen wild ginger

Scientific Synonyms:


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.

Additional Notes

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

Native Range:

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Threatened: FL


Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Magnoliidae
Order Aristolochiales
Family Aristolochiaceae Birthwort family
Genus Hexastylis heartleaf
Species Hexastylis arifolia littlebrownjug