|A very small genus consisting of only two species and some experts argue that it is only one. This rhizomatous perennial has green leaves which emerge purple the same time the flower is developing. The panicle flower has sepals that are larger than the petals. The fruit is turns from green to blue at maturity and is berry-like. Does best when grown in rich, humusy, acidic soil in shade or deep shade. Native to the Eastern US mountains and possibly Japan.