Although the cream to pale yellow flowers of peltoboykinia are often described as elegant, they are small and it is the large 10" wide, starfish-like leaves that most people grow this plant for.
More Information About Peltoboykinia
The genus Peltoboykinia contains just 2 species, Peltoboykinia tellimoides and Peltoboykinia watanabei, the former from China and the latter from Japan. Peltoboykinia is in the Saxifragaceae family which makes it first cousin to more familiar genera such as heuchera, tiarella, and astilbe.
Although the cream to pale yellow flowers of peltoboykinia are often described as elegant, they are small and it is the large 10" wide, starfish-like leaves that most people grow this plant for. Peltoboykinia leaves emerge red- or copper-colored in April but quickly fade to green. The flowers follow in June and although not showy when seen up close have a fascinating shape, with black anthers and hairy, toothed petals.
Peltoboykinia prefers to grow in moist woodland conditions. Ponds and stream banks are perfect places to grow peltoboykinia. Being such a rare plant, you might think that peltoboykinia is hard to grow, but in fact it is nearly indestructible once established. The texture and appearance make peltoboykinia a great "what is it?" substitute for hosta or fatsia and it pairs well with finer textured woodland plants such as ferns, astilbe, or helleborus. When you are ready to buy peltoboykinia for your perennial garden, we hope you'll check out our online offering of peltoboykinia for sale.