Native to Japan, China, and Korea. This giant perennial, sometimes called fuki in the Northwest (butterbur or sweet coltsfoot elsewhere), is a dramatic choice for perpetually moist locales near ponds and streams. Creeping rhizomes give rise to big (2 1/2 ft. wide), round leaves on edible, 3-ft.-long stalks that are used by the Japanese as a vegetable (called fuki). Short, thick spikes of small fragrant white blooms appear in early spring before the leaves emerge. Locate this plant with care; its thick rhizomes are invasive, and the plant can be difficult to eradicate. P. j. giganteus has leaves to 4 ft. wide on 5-ft. stalks. Its selection ‘Nishiki-buki’, with 3–4-ft. stalks, has 2–3-ft.-widel eaves with bold white markings.
Native to eastern North America. Round headed, grows to 25–30 ft. tall and wide, sometimes large...
Larger leaves and bracts than species.
A native from central California to southern Alaska often confused with Tiarella. Grows to 2 ...