Ligularia tussilaginea 'Aureomaculata'
Leopard Plant foliage
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Plant Height: 3 feet
Flower Height: 4 feet
Spread: 3 feet
Hardiness Zone: 6b
Other Names: Farfugium japonicum Aureo-maculata
Lush, glossy dark green leaves look like they were splashed with yellow paint, yellow daisy-like flowers sit atop tall stalks that rise above the foliage; a great accent in shade gardens, works well in containers
Leopard Plant's attractive glossy round leaves remain dark green in color with distinctive yellow spots throughout the year. It has yellow daisy flowers rising above the foliage in late fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Leopard Plant is an herbaceous evergreen perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other garden plants with finer foliage.
This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Leopard Plant is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Leopard Plant will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity extending to 4 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 3 feet. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.
This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
Leopard Plant is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.