JAPANESE COLTSFOOT, FUKI

FAMILY: Asteraceae | GENUS: PETASITES japonicus

TYPE
  • Perennials
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Partial Shade
  • Full Shade
WATER
  • Ample Water
PLANTING ZONES
  • US (Upper South) / Zone 6
  • MS (Middle South) / Zone 7
  • LS (Lower South) / Zone 8
  • CS (Coastal South) / Zone 9

Plant Details

Giant perennial for constantly moist locales near ponds, streams. Creeping rhizomes give rise to big (212-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 fragrant white daisies appear in early spring before the leaves emerge. Locate this plant with care; it has thick, invasive rhizomes and can be difficult to eradicate. P. j. giganteus has leaves to 4 ft. wide on 5-ft. stalks. Its selection 'Variegatus', with 3- to 4-ft. stalks, has 2- to 3-ft.-wide leaves with bold white markings.

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