A hardy evergreen perennial, with conspicuous rounded intricately veined purple-green leaves. Spreading by numerous long slender stolons hence the vernacular name of ‘Mother of a Thousand’. Forming a dense evergreen carpet of overlapping softly hairy foliage affording glimpses of the red-purple undersides. Flowering for us from June-September, on 30 cm pyramidical spikes of irregular white flowers with two long lower petals, while it will fill whatever space it is given, easily controlled as its spread is above ground. From one of our collections gathered in the high altitudinal mountains of the Kinki peninsula, central Honshu Japan in 1997. Easily grown in part to full shade and in a moist but drained soil.