|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 ovate to lance-shaped or elliptic, tapered, prominently veined, arching, glossy, dark green leaves, 7-9 inches long, lustrous beneath. Bears dense racemes of white, sometimes faintly purple flushed flowers on arching, leafy, red-spotted, 24 inches stalks, in summer. 16 inches tall, 24 inches wide. Japan.