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Farfugium japonicum (Leopard Plant)

Leopard Plant, Ligularia tussilaginea

Farfugium japonicum, Leopard Plant, Ligularia tussilaginea, Perennials, Yellow Flowers
Farfugium japonicum, Leopard Plant, Ligularia tussilaginea, Perennials, Yellow Flowers

Grown for its handsome foliage and daisy flowers, Farfugium japonicum (Leopard Plant) is a clump-forming perennial with extra large, long-stalked, leathery, kidney-shaped, glossy dark green leaves, 12 in. across (30 cm). Evergreen in warm winter climates, the foliage dies to the ground when temperatures fall to 20ºF (-6ºC). In late summer to fall, clusters of pale yellow daisy flowers bloom on branched stems that rise above the foliage. This big-leafed, water-loving plant is perfect for woodland gardens, bog gardens, borders, along ponds and streams. A choice container plant too.

  • Grows up to 2 ft. tall and wide (60 cm).
  • Performs best in sun or partial shade in organically rich, humusy, consistently moist, well-drained soils. Protect from strong, drying winds. Foliage may wilt in too much sun.
  • Leopard Plant is generally disease free. Keep an eye out for slugs and snails.
  • Propagate by division in spring.
  • Native to Japan.

Requirements

Hardiness 7 - 9
Heat Zones 7 - 9
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Compositae
Genus Ligularia
Common names Leopard Plant
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers, Ponds And Streams
Garden Styles City and Courtyard
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Farfugium japonicum ‘Aureomaculatum’ (Leopard Plant)
Ligularia ‘Britt Marie Crawford’ (Leopard Plant)
Ligularia dentata ‘Othello’ (Leopard Plant)
Ligularia dentata ‘Desdemona’ (Leopard Plant)
Ligularia ‘The Rocket’ (Leopard Plant)
Ligularia przewalskii (Leopard Plant)

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Helleborus (Hellebore)
While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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Requirements

Hardiness 7 - 9
Heat Zones 7 - 9
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Compositae
Genus Ligularia
Common names Leopard Plant
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers, Ponds And Streams
Garden Styles City and Courtyard
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