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Leopard Plant | Plant Profile

Leopard Plant (Ligularia) are a genus of about 150 species. While there are some differences among the varieties, certain characteristics persist throughout the genus. The foliage is often large, toothed, and decrease in size towards the top of the stem. Yellow or orange flowers grow in flower panicles or as flat topped clusters.

Leopard Plant prefers fertile, medium to wet soils in part shade to full shade. The soils should not be allowed to dry out, and deep watering in the height of summer is appreciated. The flower panicles may slant toward the sun, so sun dappled shade is ideal.

Leopard plant are interesting options for damp woodlands or near streams, ponds, or lakes. These perennials can bring color to heavily shaded, damp areas.


Leopard Plant Characteristics

Leopard plant is a genus of many species. See below for the two most common varieties in the Pittsburgh area.

'Britt-Marie Crawford' (pictured) are a clump forming, purple leaved variety. The dark purple leaves can almost appear black, with some green hues appearing with age. Orange, flat topped, daisy-like flowers bring great contrast to the foliage. 'Britt-Marie Crawford' are showy throughout the growing season.

'The Rocket' are is a tall variety with large flower spires. Large triangular leaves are as interesting as the yellow-orange flowers. The foliage grows into a mounded shape and provides ornamental value without the aid of flowers.

There are few serious disease or insect issues that plague Leopard Plant. Snails and slugs may snack on the leaves. Too much exposure to can and scorch the leaves or cause them to wilt.

USDA Climate Zone
Zones 4 - 8
2.00 - 5.00'
1.50 - 4.00'
Bloom Time
June - July
Medium - Wet
Part Shade - Full Shade
Deer Resistant?