Perennial herb from extensive rhizomes, forming large mats; stems rooting freely.
Kidney-shaped, shiny, stalked, the blades 2.5-10 cm long, 5-15 cm wide; stalks and veins finely hairy.
Solitary, bell-like with 3 flaring lobes, these long-pointed; corollas purplish-brown to greenish-yellow, 2.5-8.0 cm long.
Fleshy capsules, seeds egg-like with fleshy appendages.
If more than one illustration is available for a species (e.g., separate illustrations were provided for two subspecies) then links to the separate images will be provided below. Note that individual subspecies or varietal illustrations are not always available.
Illustration Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia
||Value / Class
Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
of field plots
species was recorded in:
BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in
|CDF(1), CWH(120), ESSF(3), ICH(445), IDF(32), MH(1), MS(4), SBS(24)|
Source: Klinkenberg 2013
Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Asarum caudatum var. caudatum
Asarum caudatum var. viridiflorum M. Peck
Asarum caudatum is from the mountains of western North America including BC. It has attractive, somewhat glossy, kidney-shaped foliage which combines well with lacy ferns and bleeding hearts. Intriguing brownish-red flowers appear beneath the foliage so make sure to watch for them.
Note Author: Gary Lewis, Phoenix Perennials