A cousin of the Asters - ideal for large flowerbeds.
Common name : Leopard plant
Scientific name : Ligularia spp.
Family : Asteraceae
Category : Perennials
Type of plant : Perennial
Ligularia is a genus of robust herbaceous perennial plants in the sunflower family, with yellow or orange composite flower heads with brown or yellow central disc florets. There are about 130 species in the genus - some species are cultivated as ornamentals. The cultivars ‘Britt Marie Crawford’, 'Gregynog Gold' and 'The Rocket' have gained the English Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.
Sowing & planting
60 - 200
6 - 8
Identify my leopard plant
From the family of Asteraceae, the leopard plant carry large leaves in domed or triangular more or less cut, sometimes toothed. They are topped with panicles or ears of yellow or yellow-orange flowers.
Plant my leopard plant
Plant your leopard plant in the sun or possibly in semi shade in neutral limestone soil, preferably heavy and moist.
Prepare the soil by a digging (without necessarily turning it, with a pitchfork or a broadfork), a scratching and a raking.
Plant the perennials keeping between 0.5 and 1.5 m between plants according to the species and the variety.
Tamp the soil well to remove air around the roots, then water thoroughly. Leopard plant like rich soils, so a small input of mature compost over the topsoil after planting will be beneficial.
Water my leopard plant
During the first month, water once or twice a week. In case of drought, watch especially your ligularias, they prefer humidity.
Water adult plants by big inputs even if you do it less often; the plant will develop a better root system if it has to fetch its water in depth. When watering, wait until the water that you pour stops rushing into the ground, and forms a small puddle. Do not wet the foliage, especially in the evening because it will be all the more attractive for molluscs.
Weed my leopard plant
Your leopard plant will take 3 years to settle, so during this time you will need to weed occasionally to limit the competition. If you have mulched, weeding should not be too frequent.
Fertilize my leopard plant
With a respectful approach to soil life, it's always better to fertilize a little in advance with organic material that will decompose; spread out a compost that isn't entirely decomposed, with well decomposed manure at the plant's base, and incorporate over 10 cm with a hoe. This operation is carried out in winter so that earthworms and bacteria have enough time to do their job.
Mulch my leopard plant
Mulch your leopard plant, they will thank you by asking less watering and weeding.
As usual, use what you have on hand: dead leaves, dry grass clippings, crushed wood, etc. Put a reasonable layer of mulching, about 3-5 cm.