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A rhizomatous perennial with hexagonal leaves, the size of tea trays in well-grown specimens, and pendulous clusters of purple flowers followed by ovoid fleshy fruits. In spring the leaves are pushed from the ground, like folded umbrellas. As the leaves open they reveal their astonishing shape and radiating markings in shades of green, bronze, silver and black - quite possibly the ultimate foliage plant. Maroon flowers hang beneath the leaves, followed by ovoid fruits the size of plums.
Grow in moist but well-drained soil in shade. May remain evergreen in mild winters in a sheltered spot. Otherwise the leaves die down but it is very hardy.
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