Farfugium japonicum | Leopard
While not a new plant, this striking plant has undergone a botanical name change and a recent surge in demand.
Leopard plant is an evergreen, clump-forming perennial that is highly sought after for both landscapes and containers. In our opinion, this under-utilized plant offers both stunning foliage and bright yellow flowers in the autumn.
Previously known by the Latin names Ligularia tussilaginea and Ligularia kaempferi, leopard plant is currently known as Farfugium japonicum. The round shiny leaves have also given rise to the name that many people know it by “tractor seat plant”.
Attractive shiny round foliage that is upstaged in autumn or early winter when bright yellow flowers are found standing proud of the leaves. Bees and butterflies pollinate the flowers, and the resulting seeds can be collected for sowing.
These plants prefer moist, rich soil and grow happily in partial to full shade. Too much sun can wilt and burn leaves, so err on the shady side if you are not sure on where to put it.
While it is tolerant of a wide range of soil types, Farfugium requires consistent moisture and will wilt if allowed to dry out. A perfect choice for shady woodland gardens, boggy areas, pond banks, container gardens, and perennial borders and makes an excellent groundcover under trees. This lovely plant looks great planted with ferns hostas, columbines, astilbe, and other fine-textured shade plants.
Height 0.5m x 1m Wide
Plant size: PB2 - Equivalent 1.2 litres
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