This incredible prehistoric looking flower belongs to Petasites hybridus. It is seen here blooming in the Foundation Garden at the Bergs. An amazing plant blooming before its leaves appear! The leaves themselves are reminiscent of a very large Rhubarb or Gunnera. We cut the spent leaves when ratty or too large and very quickly more appear. We constantly "manage" its size and desired look, but we do it ever so willingly because this plant is too remarkable to live without.