There is a perennial plant that grows on the cool moist forested mountain sides in the colder regions of Japan and China which has large umbrella-like leaves, and clusters of seemingly insignificant white flowers. But when it rains these little white flowers transform into something fascinating.
This plant is called diphylleia grayi, and when its little white blossoms get wet they become transparent. The clear look these flowers develop as they lose their white pigment in the rain has earned them the name skeleton flower, though the name glass flower may be more fitting to something this beautiful and delicate . The transparent effect does not damage the flowers, but they slowly turn back to white as they dry.
The skeleton flower likes cool, shady wooded areas and will bloom from mid-spring through early summer. This plant will grow between 12 to 24 inches, and works very well as a shade plant.