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.