This moisture-loving member of the Asteraceae family is native to most of eastern Asia and named for its “tongue-shaped” leaves. Whether planted as a specimen or en masse in a semishaded border, on the forest’s edge or by water, Ligularia will dazzle onlookers with its lush foliage and showy flowers
The scrumptious and bold gathering of huge kidney-shaped coarsely toothed leaves, each spanning over a foot across, adopts a swank dark chocolaty maroon polish. Manifesting purple undersides, the lavish foliage needs morning sun to retain its rich coloration, otherwise they turn more green as summer progresses. Hefty purplish black stems hoist daring golden orange daisy-like flowers about a foot aloft the lush leafy foundation. This tropical-looking ‘Othello’ sport emphasizes extraordinary texture, thwarts those pesky deer and luxuriates in cool moist recesses with shelter from hot afternoon sun. (PP#16,113)
Size: 3' 0" high x 2' 0" – 3' 0" wide.
Hardy to zone 4.
Stately yellow flower spikes on slender black stems tower above the handsome, palmately cut, dark green foliage of this elegant Chinese native. Impressive yet undemanding, try planting it with Aruncus ‘Zweiweltenkind’.
Size: 5' 0" – 6' 0" high x 3' 0" wide.
Hardy to zone 5.
While stenocephala refers to the “narrow-headed flower,” ‘The Rocket’ sums up even better the form of this Ligularia, as well as the charged energy it inspires. The large leaves are kelly-green, heart-shaped, and feature coarsely serrated margins. Strong shoots emerge in the spring, which unfurl to create an underlayer of verdant leaves for the clear yellow racemes to blast through on their way to altitudes of 5 ft. Striking and easily grown, it will sparkle in a wooded setting with Rodgersia nearby, or at water’s edge.
Size: 5' 0" high x 3' 0" wide.
Hardy to zone 5.