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 feet-wide), round leaves on edible, 3 feet-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 feet wide on 5 feet stalks. Its selection 'Variegatus', with 3- to 4 feet stalks, has 2- to 3 feet-wide leaves with bold white markings.

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