Birthwort Family --- Aristolochiaceae
Leaves up to 6 inches long, heart-shaped and hairy (especially the long, thick leaf stalks). Although not related to the true ginger plant (Zingiber officianale; Zingiberaceae), the rhizome of wild ginger smells and tastes like ginger.
(Photographed at the Fletcher Wildlife Garden - May 8, 2002)
In spring, this low growing herb (6 to 12 inches tall) has a single, 3-lobed, reddish-brown, cup-like flower (about 1inch wide) arising from the point where the pair of leaves join.
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