These perennials are from moist woodlands and high elevations from Eastern Asia to the Phillipines. They bear alternate, sometimes glossy and spotted leaves, which usually clasp the stems. The sturdy, star-shaped flowers occur terminally or at the axils, bearing six sepals with a prominent stigma. They make subtle, but exotic specimens for woodland borders and shady house plantings.
Noteworthy CharacteristicsThis genus offers late-season, orchid-like blossoms for any moist and shady spot.
CareGrow in moist, but well-drained soil in partial to full shade. Mulch plants in cold climates with little snow cover, and site late-blooming species in a sheltered location to protect blossoms from early frosts.
PropagationSow seed when fresh in a cold frame. Divide when still dormant in early spring.