Giant Butterbur - Petasites japonicus


    Petasites japonicus is a substantial plant, producing huge suborbicular leaves to 90cm across, reaching 150cm in height, in summer. Flowers are cream to white, borne on stout erect stems to 30cm.

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    Prefers damp conditions.

    When to see it

    Flowers in February and March.

    Life History

    Perennial rhizomatous plant.

    UK Status

    Occasional but quite widespread in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Rarely recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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