Park Rambles - Indiana County Parks & Trails

Wild Ginger Flowering

The flower of wild ginger is often hidden near the base of the plant.

"Many will not observe the flower of the wild ginger, although they cannot fail to see the large round leaves. But when one has learned the habit of the plant, he will stoop to look between the leaves for the purplish-red flower-bell bent down to the ground and tricked out with three slender horns. The enigma is easily interpreted: If the curious should lift up the flower to gaze upon it, the horns would protect it from the “evil eye”! With closer approach one perceives another charm - the delightful aromatic odor. Some persons carry about with them a piece of the thick rootstalk as a specific for bodily ills." (Published in the Sunday Minneapolis Tribune, May 7, 1911