Giant Leopard Plant
Giant Leopard Plant
Farfugium japonicum 'Gigantea' syn. Ligularia tussilaginea 'Gigantea'Item #2231 USDA Hardiness Zone: 7 - 10
Large, rounded, shiny green leaves show individually on 3 to 4 foot stalks. Daisy-like yellow flowers bloom on tall branched stems. Leaves reach up to 18 inches across and provide an interesting display when massed under trees, in a shady border or in a patio container. An herbaceous perennial; evergreen in mild winter climates.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full to partial shadeWatering Needs:Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more.Average Landscape Size:Reaches 3 to 4 ft. tall, up to 3 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:far-FEW-gee-um juh-PON-ih-kumPlant type:PerennialDeciduous/evergreen:HerbaceousGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Reaches 3 to 4 ft. tall, up to 3 ft. wide.Special features:Easy CareFoliage color:GreenBlooms:Late Summer into FallFlower color:YellowFlower attributesShowy FlowersDesign IdeasA robust perennial essential to the mixed border and back of perennial beds. Attractive massed in a woodland setting. Linear planting creates a striking seasonal hedge-like mass. Single plants become large enough for a focal point or surround for art. Naturalizes well around water features, stream beds or pools, and provides solutions for low, damp spots. Component of cutting gardens, both foliage and flowers.Companion PlantsFuchsia (Fuchsia); Astilbe (Astilbe); Hosta (Hosta); Lungwort (Pulmonaria); Columbine (Aquilegia)
- CareCare InformationThrives in organically rich, moist, loamy, well-drained soils. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Once established, water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil. Apply fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Remove spent flowers to promote continued bloom.Light Needs:Full to partial shadeWatering Needs:Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more.
- History & LoreLore:In Japan the plant is known as Metakaraku, which means "sweet smelling roots". Once classified as Ligularia tussaginea, this species of Ligularia has been reclassified as Farfugium japonicum.