Marbled Wild Ginger

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Asarum marmoratum, Marbled Wild Ginger, is native to the Klamath Mountain Range. Hartweg’s Wild Ginger, Asarum harwegii, is endemic to the Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens and looks very similar to A. marmoratum. Both have flowers held on the ground that are pollenated by gnats and small flies. The seeds are covered with a protein-rich gel which ants take back to their nests. After eating the gel coating, the seeds are ready to sprout in their new location. One way Mother Natures disperses her plants!