Rocket Ligularia

Ligularia stenocephala 'The Rocket'

A big, bold specimen perennial that produces a mound of large, toothed foliage. Large spikes of lemony yellow flowers on purplish stems are carried above the heart-shaped foliage in mid-summer. Performs at its best when planted in cool, wet areas.
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Water regularly to maintain wet or evenly moist soil - weekly or more.

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Botanical Pronunciationlig-yoo-LAR-ee-uh sten-oh-SEF-ah-luh
LoreIn Japan the plant is known as Metakaraku, which means "sweet smelling roots".
Average Size at MaturityReaches 5 to 6 feet tall and 5 feet wide
Bloom TimeMid-summer
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, streambeds or pools, and provides solutions for low, damp spots. Component of cutting gardens, both foliage and flowers.
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower AttributeFlowers for Cutting, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorYellow
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleContemporary, Cottage
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Mass Planting, Very Wet Areas, Water Garden, Cutting Garden
Light NeedsPartial sun
Soil NeedsFlower & Rose Food
Special FeatureExtreme Cold Hardiness, Tolerates Wet Soils
Water NeedsHigh
Watering NeedsWater regularly to maintain wet or evenly moist soil - weekly or more.
Companion PlantsGrow ligularia with other moisture lovers such as Glowlight Louisiana Iris, (Iris louisiana 'Glowlight'), Tropicanna Canna, (Canna indica 'Phasion'), Golden Japanese Sweet Flag, (Acorus gramineus 'Ogon') and Evergreen Solomon's Seal, (Disporopsis pernyi).

Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Prune old flower heads to encourage more blossoms.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-9

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