Native to Japan, China, 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, streams. Creeping rhizomes give rise to big (2 1/2 ft.wide), round leaves on edible,3-ft.-long stalks that are usedby 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 leavesto 4 ft. wide on 5-ft. stalks. Itsselection ‘Nishiki-buki’, with3–4-ft. stalks, has 2–3-ft.-wideleaves with bold white markings.
Hybrid of complexparentage, with foliage like that of H. niger. Grows 1 ft. high, 1 1/2–2 ft....
Native to mountains of western North America. This grows as a multi-trunked shrub to 8 ft. tall and wi...
‘Frans Fontaine’ is narrowest, to 35 ft. tall and 15 ft. wide, with inward-turningbranches.