|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 species has broadly ovate to heart-shaped, slightly wavy-margined, glaucous, pale green leaves, 10-18 inches long, intensely white-coated beneath. Bears very pale lavender-blue flowers on arching, leafy, glaucous, red-spotted, 14 inches stalks, in summer. Thrives in sun or partial shade. 18 inches tall, 36 inches wide. Japan.