For example, the American Robin (Turdus migratorius) is named because its orange breast reminded Europeans of the European Robin (Erithacus rubecula) which also bears an orange breast. Many other species were named for similar reasons.
Wild Ginger (Asarum canadense) is a low-growing plant that grows throughout eastern North America. It is named after the Ginger plant (Zingiber officinale) which is native to Asia. The Wild Ginger of North America has a similar smell and taste to the Asian ginger and has been used as a substitute for it in cooking and brewing. Beyond this, the two plants share no relationship.
It has heart shaped leaves that rise to a height of 6 to 12 inches. The leaves reach a size of 3 inches across by 4 inches long. The leaves and stems are covered with fine "hairs" that make the plant feel like velvet.
|A Wild Ginger flower|
The flower often sits directly on the ground and attracts ground-dwelling beetles as its main pollinator- another plant that uses a similar color scheme and flower location to attract beetles is the Skunk Cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus).
Height: 6 to 12 inches
Habitat: moist deciduous woods, floodplains, stream banks
Flower Color: purplish, brown, greenish-red
Bloom Time: late April to early June