Arrowleaf ginger grows in moist soil as a woodland plant in the southeastern U.S. It tends to be almost evergreen here at our farm in Michigan where we have been growing it now for 15 years. It is a good groundcover species with excellent vigor and dense growth We planted it for that purpose in our oak plantings. However, this species is considered poisonous. Since no one has really tested the compounds within the roots, it is best not to consume it at all even on dried roots. The flavor of the roots is like a mild pepper with ginger mixed in. It probably has the same characteristics as the American ginger and was used as a stomachic at some point all of which was probably lost to time.
Plant SpecsGenus & Species:
-15 F or moreHeight (ft):
Does best in moist soil. Slower in dry sandy soils.Climate:
Good in humid warm shady environments. Zones 6 -10Ease of Cultivation:
Fairly easy to establish in a shady area. Once established plants increase in size quite easily.