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Ling Ling Panda Face Ginger

Asarum maximum 'Ling Ling'

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Ling Ling Panda Face Ginger (Asarum maximum 'Ling Ling') at Patuxent Nursery

Ling Ling Panda Face Ginger foliage

Ling Ling Panda Face Ginger foliage

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Height:  6 inches

Spread:  12 inches

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  7


This exotic variety produces unusual and striking black and white flowers that resemble a panda's face; glossy foliage is deep green with lighter green variegation; creates an incredible effect as a shade area groundcover

Ornamental Features

Ling Ling Panda Face Ginger's attractive glossy heart-shaped leaves remain forest green in color with showy light green variegation throughout the year. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Ling Ling Panda Face Ginger is an herbaceous evergreen perennial with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other garden plants with finer foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Ling Ling Panda Face Ginger is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

Ling Ling Panda Face Ginger will grow to be only 6 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 inches. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is quite intolerant of urban pollution, therefore inner city or urban streetside plantings are best avoided, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in both summer and winter to conserve soil moisture and protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Garden  Groundcover  Naturalizing 
Foliage Color  Texture 
Ornamental Features