A rare, choice and handsome plant found only in damp, semi-shady places in mountain woodland on the Japanese island of Honshu. Here it grows a mass of handsome foliage consisting of large, long-stalked, polished, shield-shaped leaves. In early summer, heads of unusual and attractive, creamy-white to greenish-yellow shuttlecock flowers open. A fabulous plant for a shady border or woodland garden.
Seeds can be sown at any time but are best sown in winter or early spring to benefit from a cold spell in the wet compost to break their dormancy. We advise covering seeds very thinly with sand or fine grit to about the depth of the seed size. If the seeds do not come up within 6 to 12 weeks the damp seed tray can be given cold treatment in a fridge for about four weeks. They may still take very many months to appear, so please never discard the pot or tray.