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Feb 2006 WILD GINGER
N. Walker

The naming and descriptions of the different wild ginger plants is confusing and requires a knowledgeable person to explain the names and classification. There seems to be two types, one with heart shaped leaves and is deciduous, and the other with more pointed leaves and is evergreen (at least in some place). Both types have the "brown jug" type flowers and the ginger flavored root. Wild ginger is unrelated to the Asian plant that is the source of commercial ginger flavoring. However the roots of wild ginger have been used as an effective substitute. The plant shown above was found in DeSoto Park on the trail alongside laurel creek.