This very large, upright-vase
shaped plant was formerly known as
H. montana 'Praeflorens'. It makes a striking display in the shade garden
and has its distinctive flowers which form just above the
foliage like others in the H. montana species.
W. George Schmid (1991) changed the name to
H. montana forma macrophylla.
A giant size (35 inches high by 75 inches wide) plant with a vase shaped form,
this cultivar has foliage with deeply impressed veins, deeply
lobed base and are slightly wavy with a long, thin tip. The
leaves have thick substance which helps them be resistant to
slug damage. It has the typical flowers for its species which
look unique in bud and open as very pale lavender flowers from late June into July.
The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "Of all the green-leaved
H. montana forms,...macrophylla is most distinctive.
The arching, spreading mound...can both physically and mentally
dominate a shade garden."
"It is a
wonderful heart-stopper when grown to
maturity, reminding me of a waterfall.
The leaves are glossy green with strong
veining, and have an outstandingly
graceful quality of neatly and
consistently spilling over one another,
giving it the appearance that an
arranger spent days gluing the leaves in
place, making it 'just right'. This
large plant is an absolute must for all
but the tiniest of gardens..."
stands out in the garden with its large,
unique leaves with many deeply impressed
veins. When mature, it makes a huge
mound that is an attention getter in
every garden. It can be bought for
$12.00 to $15.00 and grows fast. This
may just be a large green one, but its
green is nice, uniform, dark olive green
seldom seen. The flower stems have
uniquely rolling, persistent bracts and
the flowers are nice, white funnels. A
colony seen of these at a forest margin
near Sakuma in Shizucka Prefecture is
unforgettable. In the garden it also
makes an extraordinary accent or several
can be used in place of shrubs and