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Products > Farfugium japonicum 'Aureo-maculata'
Farfugium japonicum 'Aureo-maculata' - Leopard Plant

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Asteraceae (Sunflowers)
Origin: Asia, East (Asia)
Evergreen: Yes
Variegated Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Summer/Fall
Synonyms: [Ligularia tussilaginea 'Aureomaculata']
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 0-10 F
Farfugium japonicum 'Aureo-maculata' (Leopard Plant) - This wonderful herbaceous perennial forms mounds of foliage to about 2 feet tall and wide with broad, rounded green undulating 6 to 10 inch wide leaves with creamy yellow spots (hence the name Leopard Plant). The leaves stand on foot long hairy reddish stems. In late summer through fall, yellow daisy-like flowers bloom on 2 foot 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 proivided. 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. Will survive temperatures down to about 0 degrees F. The foliage dies completely back at 20 degrees F. For many years we have sold this plant as a Ligularia tussilaginea cultivar but the correct name for the specieis now considered to be a Farfugium japonicum. We grew this plant since 1995 and have always liked it but discontinued growing it in 2014 because its higher water needs did not fit with our low water sustainable plant line.  This description is based on our research and observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We will also incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information about this plant, in particular if this information is contrary to what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Farfugium japonicum 'Aureo-maculata'.