|Grow as a houseplant or under heated glass.
|10 to 15C+
|Indoor / Outdoor
|Grow indoors, or outdoors in summer in a sheltered spot
|5 to 10C
|Grow outdoors in summer, and in a heated glasshouse in winter.
|1 to 5C
|Grow outdoors or under glass without risk of frost.
|-5 to 1C
|Hardy in coastal/mild/sheltered areas. Will not tolerate hard/sudden frost. May require winter protection in situ. such as fleece or straw mulch.
|-10 to -5C
|May suffer at altitude, central/northerly locations, harsh winters, cold gardens and when grown in pots.
|-15 to -10C+
|Will survive most severe winters but may be at risk in central/northerly locations and in pots. Top growth may be destroyed but will usually re-grow.
|-20 to -15C
|Will survive severe winter, but may need protection when grown in pots.
|-20C & Colder
|Very Hardy / Hardy
|in the severest European climates.
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Originating from China.
Slowly spreading mounds of evergreen dark, glossy green heart-shaped leaves have variable silver-green marbled markings. Spreading slowly by rhizomatous roots with the same smell as culinary ginger, although they are not edible. Planted in groups, they will develop into a carpet of distinctive, handsome foliage, worthy of viewing at close quarters, even before the flowers are considered.
Adorably cute flowers with velvety petals borne under the marbled leaves. In spring it produces one of the most original flowers we can grow in the UK; with a plush velvety texture in a near-black shade of maroon, and a widely flared trumpet-shape with a stunning white throat, they nestle nicely around the edge of the clump, peeking out and demanding closer inspection.
It makes the perfect jungle or woodland carpet, growing in the dappled shade of taller plants such as Acers, Trachycarpus fortunei, Scheffleras, and Osmanthus yunnanensis.
Easy to grow in most except alkaline soil types and great in pots.
Height and spread after 2 – 5 years 20cm x 20cm.