|Hardy, deciduous perennials for shaded gardens with large, bold leaves often marked with contrasting colors. Leaves range in shape from round to lance-shaped, and colors can be yellow to green to blue, often with white, yellow or green marginal markings. Lavender or white flowers grow on 2 foot stalks in early summer. Wonderful contrast when planted with small-leaved plants, adding texture to the landscape.
This moisture-loving, upright species has narrow, lance-shaped, erect to arching, dark green leaves, 6-8 inches long, glossy beneath. Bears long racemes of purple-striped mauve flowers on 22 inches leafy stalks, in late summer. 10 inches tall, 20 inches wide. Japan.