Syneilesis palmata (Palmate Shredded Umbrella Plant)
4a to 8b,at least
Height: 15" tall
Culture: Light Shade to Shade
Origin: Japan, Korea
Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)
Syneilesis palmata looks so much like a mayapple (barberry family) that it's almost impossible to fathom it is actually a ligularia cousin (chrysanthemum family). Syneilesis palmata is similar to Syneilesis aconitifolia but more deeply cut, with fewer leaf segments. Syneilesis palmata emerges with silky green leaves that open like a miniature umbrella to 6" wide, each sitting atop a 15" tall stem. The clumps enlarge thanks to a slowly spreading rhizome. For difficult woodland conditions, it doesn't get much better than syneilesis.