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Ligularia tussilaginea 'Gigantea'

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Giant Leopard Plant (Ligularia tussilaginea 'Gigantea') at Randy's Perennials

Giant Leopard Plant foliage

Giant Leopard Plant foliage

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Giant Leopard Plant (Ligularia tussilaginea 'Gigantea') at Randy's Perennials

Giant Leopard Plant

Giant Leopard Plant

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height:  12 inches

Flower Height:  24 inches

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  7b

Other Names:  Rayflower, Farfugium japonicum Giganteum


This shade plant has fabulous glossy leaves that add coarse texture to the garden; perfect for moist shade; airy sprays of yellow flowers contrast with the bold foliage

Ornamental Features

Giant Leopard Plant features airy spikes of yellow flowers rising above the foliage from late summer to early fall. Its large glossy round leaves remain dark green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Giant Leopard Plant is an herbaceous perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its wonderfully bold, coarse texture can be very effective in a balanced garden composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Giant Leopard Plant is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
  • Container Planting
  • Bog Gardens

Planting & Growing

Giant Leopard Plant will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity extending to 24 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 3 feet. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It prefers to grow in moist to wet soil, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Giant Leopard Plant is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Edging  Garden  Groundcover  Naturalizing  Container  Bog 
Flowers  Texture 
Ornamental Features