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Giant Leopard Plant

Ligularia tussilaginea 'Gigantea'

Large, rounded, shiny green leaves show individually on 3 to 4 foot stalks. Daisy-like yellow flowers bloom on tall, branched stems. Thick 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.
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Full shade, Partial shade

Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.


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Botanical Pronunciationfar-FEW-gee-um juh-PON-ih-kum
LoreIn 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.
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; reaches 3 to 4 ft. tall, up to 3 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeLate Summer into Fall
Design 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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorYellow
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleRustic, Tropical
Growth HabitMounding, Rounded
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Mass Planting, Woodland Garden
Light NeedsFull shade, Partial shade
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureEasy Care, Shade Loving
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
Companion PlantsFuchsia (Fuchsia); Astilbe (Astilbe); Hosta (Hosta); Lungwort (Pulmonaria); Columbine (Aquilegia)

Thrives 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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 7-10

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