Petasites japonicus ‘variagata’

April 23, 2011

Petasites japonicus 'variagata'

This unusual plant also known as mugwort, can be invasive, so plan carefully if you desire to have it in your garden. It seems to prefer shade and wetter areas. The short unusual flower stalks with green flowers appear before the leaves in late winter or early spring. The leaves are splashed with a pleasing yellow and grow to 6 or more inches wide. The leaves will form a dense cover that totally shade out the ground below. The height of the clump is around 1 to 1.5 feet.
There is some report that parts of the plant may be toxic so if you have children/pets you may want to research this aspect of the plant more fully.

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