This is my favorite wildflower for shady areas: silky haired stems appear in early spring bearing white or blue flowers, followed by fuzzy new leaves with a heart shaped base and rounded lobes, which became leathery green afterwards and last throughout the winter.
Wonderful as a specimen that will increase in size with age or even more in groups, in part shade and dry to moist locations. It will do particularly well under dry shade conditions found under mature trees after it gets established; it can also be grown in containers.
Germination: seeds need to be sown fresh or kept moist and allowed a warm-cold cycle for germination – this way they can be sown any time till fall/early winter. The seeds are kept in moist vermiculite after collecting.