An unusual perennial in appearance from China. Growth begins in spring with the emergence of the leaves from the rhizome which spreads slowly beneath the soil surface. Leaves are like folded umbrellas with a thick coating of silky fine white hairs giving a fluffy apearance. As the leaves unfold they lose this hair but look quite striking, being rounded with the petiole joining the centre underside of the leaf and leaf sections radiating out from this point. Flowers are borne on tall stems in late summer and are semi-tubular, creamy white with maybe 30 flowers per head. Easy in moist well drained woodsy soil. Similar to S. palmata but the leaf sections are much narrower. Maybe a little shorter also.