Yet another roadside-growing plant from China and the surroundings that gardeners are yearning for. Until you’ll see it flowering, it’s hard to say it is a member of the aster family.
Personally, I like it most in the spring when new shoots are emerging from the ground, with the leaves covered in silky hairs – the equivalent of a fuzzy mayapple. They maintain the fuzziness for a little while; then, after expanding the large, compound leaves they look like belonging to another plant (shredded umbrellas)! Tall flowering stems erupt in the summer bearing rather insignificant flowers.
It is a great foliage plant usually grown in part-shade, but also tolerates full sun. In time it will form a healthy clump in a rich, moist soil, but don’t worry; there will always be someone wanting a small division of your plant. It has been also used as a medicinal plant.
Germination: easy warm germinator, if the seeds are good. Why I say this, because it produces copious seeds but only a very small amount of them are viable!
I have gone through a whole bag of dry inflorescences from my benefactor :), to find only a few plump, viable seeds. They can be distinguished by their size. So, if you ever try it and doesn’t germinate, this is the problem.