Syneilesis is a genus of herbaceous perennials grown mostly for their distinctive green foliage that emerges in spring resembling and unopened, hairy umbrella. As the leaves mature, they slowly open expanding to a diameter of up to 10in (25cm).
More Information About Syneilesis
Plants in the genus Syneilesis are grown primarily as attractive foliage plants for partial shade woodland gardens. The foliage looks like miniature palm trees or umbrellas that have seen one too many wind storms hence the common name umbrella plant. The leaves are covered in a fine down of silver hairs when young but like many men, they lose hair as they age.
Syneilesis (Umbrella Plant) Growing Conditions
Syneilesis is a tough, drought-tolerant, easy-to-grow woodland garden perennial. For best results plant in moist, well-drained, slightly acid soils. If your umbrella plant is happy, then it will slowly spread to form an attractive colony. Syneilesis looks great when planted with arum, iris, hosta, colocasia, heuchera, or other coarse textured woodland garden plants. Syneilesis produces tall thin flower stalks topped with small unremarkable flower clusters.
Check out our motion capture video of syneilesis leaves emerging from dormancy.