Astilboides tabularis

Another brief entry from Eric La Fountaine. Sorry, for the brevity, I also have to go out of town this week.

Looking for some drama in your garden. The enormous leaves of Astilboides tabularis will certainly attract attention. They are fascinating to observe throughout the growth season. The crincked emerging leaves open into upward chalices that are often found holding rainwater. They are blushed bronze and this colour repeats in fall as the leaves senesce. The leaves can grow to more than 60 cm (2 feet) in diameter and are attached to a 30-60+ cm (1-2+ feet) petiole. Creamy white flower spikes rise above the foliage to a metre and a half (5 feet). The large leaves are easily damaged, strong winds and rain can leave them looking ragged, so a sheltered spot is advised.

Astilboides tabularis is native to northeastern China and Korea.

Astilboides tabularis
Astilboides tabularis
Astilboides tabularis
Astilboides tabularis

10 responses to “Astilboides tabularis”

  1. wendy

    Great photos of a plant that too often gives up the ghost too soon for too many reasons!

  2. Meagan

    Wow! The leaf holding water shot is fabulous! Thanks

  3. lindsay

    One of my favorite plants!

  4. Janey Pugh

    Wonderful specimen…such large leaves. Thanks for images.

  5. sandra

    very nice picture

  6. Ann Rein

    I have this plant in my shade garden. The leaves aren’t 2′ across, but they’re large! I love watching the leaves grow, they are a nice addition.

  7. elizabeth a airhart

    we will allow you out of the house kind sir
    birds nest is a great plant likes florida
    and all the airplants for company
    thank you for the picture show

  8. lorax

    Is that in any way related to Gunnera? Lovely plant – I find myself wondering how it would do in a tropical situation.

  9. phillip

    a swimming pool for a plant diva..!

  10. phillip


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