Native to the Appalachian Mountains of Eastern North America; Diphylleia cymosa is an herbaceous member of the family Berberidaceae. A leafy perennial with large peltate leaves, deeply cut with serrated edges.
The base of the stalks are a blush red colour. In the woodland garden at Edinburgh we are replicating its native habitat of cool moist deep soil in dappled shade.
The inflorescence is composed of small white petalled flowers are arranged in a cyme held above the foliage canopy. Yellow anthers add to the interest of this rhizomatous plant.