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Products > Farfugium japonicum 'Gigantea'
 
Farfugium japonicum 'Gigantea' - Giant Leopard Plant
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Asteraceae (Sunflowers)
Origin: Japan (Asia)
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Summer/Fall
Synonyms: [Ligularia tussilaginea, Senecio kaempferi]
Height: 3-4 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 0-10 F
Farfugium japonicum 'Gigantea' (Giant Leopard Plant) - This interesting herbaceous perennial holds broad, rounded shiny green leaves that are 5 to 18 inches across and rise up from the ground individually on 3 to 4 foot stalks. In late summer through fall, yellow daisy-like flowers bloom on tall branched flower stems. They will grow in sun or shade, but do best in part shade and require it inland unless ample water is provided. Water regularly - in our shade garden the Ligularia are our "irrigation indicators" as they dry out and wilt before anything else. We need to water our well established clumps every 2 to 3 weeks. This Ligularia will survive temperatures down to about 0 degrees F., the foliage dying completely back at 20 degrees F. This plant lends a tropical look to any garden. For many years we have sold this plant as a Ligularia tussilaginea cultivar but the correct name for the speices is now considered to be a Farfugium japonicum.  This description is based on research and observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We also try to incorporate comments received from others and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Farfugium japonicum 'Gigantea'.