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Ligularia dentata 'Desdemona'

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Characteristics

Plant type

Bog or Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Clump-forming

Resilience

Hardiness

old H4 (hardy)

Colour

Flower

Orange in Autumn and Summer

Foliage

Bronze, Green and Purple in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

0.5-1 metres

Ultimate spread

0.5-1 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

leopard plant 'Desdemona'

Family

Asteraceae


Ligularia are robust herbaceous perennials, with large, often attractively lobed leaves and yellow or orange, daisy-like flower-heads in terminal racemes or branching clusters

'Desdemona' is a robust herbaceous perennial to 1m in height, with large rounded bronze-tinted leaves, deep purple beneath. Orange daisies 10cm in width, are borne in flat-topped clusters in late summer and early autumn

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in deep, fertile, reliably moist soil in full sun but with some shelter from midday sun. Protect from strong drying winds

Soil

  • Poorly-drained
  • Neutral, Acid or Alkaline
  • Clay or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by division in spring or after flowering

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Cottage/Informal Garden or Flower borders and beds


How to care

Pruning

Cut back after flowering

Pests

May be damaged by slugs and snails

Diseases

Generally disease free