|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, thick, boldly veined leaves, 8-12 inches long, varying from shiny, mid- to dark green to glaucous, pale green, with rough undersides. In early summer, leafy, purple-spotted stalks, 36 inches tall, bear gray-mauve to white flowers. 30 inches tall, 36 inches wide. Japan. 'Aureomarginata' has narrower, tapering, wavy-margined, glossy, dark green leaves, 12 inches long with irregular yellow margins.