|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 imposing species has ovate-heart-shaped to rounded, cupped, puckered, thick leaves,
10-20 inches long, glaucous, gray-green to blue above, paler, sometimes glaucous beneath. In early summer, leafy, glaucous, 36 inches stalks bear pale lilac-gray flowers, fading to lilac-tinted white or pure white. 36 inches tall,
4 feet wide. var. elegans has rounded-heart-shaped, heavily and deeply puckered, very thickly glaucous gray-blue leaves, 8-12 inches long.