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.
Two useful cabbage relatives in this genus; both are ornamental, one is edible. They produce large, sm...
To 6–7 ft. tall and wide, with handsome wavy-edgedleaves.
To 3–4 ft. tall and wide. Late bloomer with unusuallylarge white flowers.