|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 heart-shaped, slightly wavy, glossy, light green leaves, 6-11 inches long, with prominent, widely spaced, raised veins. Bears trumpet-shaped, very fragrant white flowers, 4 inches long, on leafy, bright green stalks, 26-30 inches tall, in late summer and early fall. 24 inches tall, 36 inches wide. Prefers a sunny site. 'Aphrodite' bears double flowers that hardly ever open. 'Venus' has ovate wavy leaves, 9 inches long, and bears double flowers 4 inches long.