Leopard Plant

Ligularia dentata 'Othello' ©maxandrew - stock.adobe.com
©maxandrew Рstock.adobe.com

Zones: 3 to 9
Height: 24″ to 48″ (depending on the variety)
Spread: 24″ to 36″
Bloom Time: Summer

For a pop of bright color in your shade garden, this flowering perennial is just the thing.

Ligularia dentata is a large-leafed perennial that likes heavy shade and wet soil.  Do not let it dry out.

This is an easy to grow plant.

The only problems being that snails and slugs will eat the leaves. And it may temporarily wilt in the afternoon sun, only to recover at night.  Which makes it best sited on the north side of the house.

Ligularia also attracts bees and butterflies and resists deer.

Totally stunning if you can keep it wet enough!

My Favorite Varieties

L. dentata ‘Othello’ – pictured above (Zone 3 – 8): Green leaves that have purple undersides and purple stems with yellow flowers. Get it HERE.

L. dentata ‘Britt-Marie Crawford’ (Zone 4 – 9): Has striking huge 12″ chocolate-colored leaves that form a 3-4 foot tall clump with bright orange/yellow daisy-like flowers in early summer. Grows 36″ to 48″ tall. Buy it HERE.

L. dentata ‘BBQ Banana’ (Zone 4 – 8): Dark chocolate, green and maroon leaves contrast with the bright yellow blooms that will light up a shady spot. Grows 24″ to 36″ tall. Find it HERE.*

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