What a miraculous plant. The first flowers appear almost at the same time as the bronze-purple leaves push their way above ground. The plant grows steadily to about 70cm, with new flowers – like little yellow flags on grey, mice-like ears – appearing as it grows. It f lowers April to June and again sporadically throughout summer, when the velvety leaves become a bit dull. A perfect plant not only for shade, but also for pots, it works well next to more pronounced plants, such as Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’ or Actaea simplex ‘Brunette’. The name Saruma is an anagram of its close relative Asarum. Height 70cm. Origin China. Conditions Moist but well-drained soil; part to full shade. Hardiness RHS H6, USDA 5a-8b. Season April to autumn.