Large shining, treacle-toffee coloured spathes, striped in green, furl around a large and prominent pestle-shaped bright-white spadix. This is unique in its appearance and is justifiably sought-after. It is one of the most striking of the species, both in leaf and flower.
Sparing with its offsets, but easy to grow in a leafy, half-shaded spot in a good, fertile soil. This should, ideally be moisture-retentive but well-drained. Under the canopy of very dwarf trees or small shrubs is perfect.
Excellent in the garden and esteemed for its very unusual appearance. Early to emerge, but fully hardy with us. From Shikoku in Japan, whence the name.