Last week these leaves were just starting to poke out of the ground so today I brought my paints to capture the amazing colors. I had sketched them a few days ago and now after painting them I think I need this plant in my yard. A few weeks ago this area was covered by a huge Bougainville with massive blooms of that color my uncle used to call " GD" Purple. I can hardly call the color by any other name after he christened it that name. So in my head it is GD Purple. Anyway, the Bougainville was removed leaving the ground devoid of any vegetation. I guess this plant and its magnificent colored leaves lay dormant until the light coaxed it out of the ground. Now it’s acting like it has always been there and owns the place.