Plant Care European Wild Ginger

European Wild Ginger

About European Wild Ginger

European Wild Ginger is a super rare houseplant 🌿 that is easy to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

European Wild Ginger likes soil that is well draining. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

European Wild Ginger belongs to the Asarum genus, and is native to Central and Western Asia and Europe.


Asarum europaeum

Also known as

Wild ginger, Asarabacca, Hazelwort and Wild spikenard

How to care for European Wild Ginger

💦 Water

How often to water your European Wild Ginger

Water needs for European Wild Ginger
0.5 cups
every 9

European Wild Ginger needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of European Wild Ginger

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

☀️ Light

Finding light for European Wild Ginger in your home

Light needs and placement for plant European Wild Ginger: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

European Wild Ginger love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

European Wild Ginger does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of European Wild Ginger in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize European Wild Ginger

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for European Wild Ginger: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your European Wild Ginger after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

European Wild Ginger is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Benefits of Growing European Wild Ginger →

Common European Wild Ginger Problems →

💦 Water Needs

European Wild Ginger prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

European Wild Ginger Water Frequency →

European Wild Ginger Root Rot →

☀️ Sunlight Needs

European Wild Ginger requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

European Wild Ginger Light Requirements →

European Wild Ginger Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →

🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.

🪴 Soil

European Wild Ginger does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for European Wild Ginger →

When and How to Successfully Repot European Wild Ginger →

💩 Fertilizer

European Wild Ginger grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
European Wild Ginger can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 4a-7b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

European Wild Ginger Temperature Tolerance →

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.

Care Summary for European Wild Ginger

European Wild Ginger

European Wild Ginger

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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