Wild ginger is also known as Canadian snakeroot. At maturity, the plant sports two kidney-shaped leaves and a reddish-brown flower that is well hidden beneath them. Since ants take its fleshy seeds back to their anthills as a food source, the seeds are generally dispersed in a limited area.
Although wild ginger can take years to flower, an individual plant can be as much as 100 years old. For these reasons, it should not be picked.