|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 vigorous species has broadly lance-shaped, blunt-tipped, flat, matte, olive-green leaves,
4-6 inches long, narrowly and irregularly margined white. In late summer and early fall, racemes of deep violet flowers, purple-and-white-striped within, are borne on 20 inches, leafy stalks. 12 inches tall, 24 inches wide. 'Alba' has mid-green leaves and white flowers.