This is a rhizomatous evergreen perennial from Japan, which is actually a member of the Asteraceae family of plants that encompasses many of the daisies. It has glossy, rounded, leathery leaves and likes moist soil in part shade. It won't do well in a parched position, and too much sun will scorch the leaves. It will spread to form a clump about 30-60cm high. The basic species has plain green leaves.
The gold-variegated form, 'Aureomaculatum' (pictured at left), is sometimes called the leopard plant: it has irregular yellow spots on its leaves. It can be propagated by division in early spring. It brings a splash of light to shaded areas and is effective combined with gold foliage or yellow flowers. It has yellow daisy-like flowers. There is also a rarer white-variegated form, 'Argenteum' (syn. 'Albovariegatum').