Wild Ginger

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  • Common Name: Wild Ginger
  • Latin Name: Asarum spp.
  • Family Name: Aristolochiaceae
Wild Ginger contains aristolochic acid (a substance used in rodent poisons) which can lead to kidney failure, and the root is a potent diuretic, so this is not a plant to offer to your tortoise.  The leaves of the this plant are characteristically kidney shaped, and the flowers are usually a deep red, almost black, but they can also be found in cream and black and a paler red. 

Wild Ginger should not be confused with the Ginger that is traditionally used as a spice in cooking (Zingiber officinale), or with Upright Wild Ginger (Saruma Henryii), as they are completely different plants.  The Wild Ginger plant is often cultivated and grown in gardens as ground cover.
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