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Farfugium japonicum ‘Aureomaculatum’ (photo courtesy of Rob Cardillo)
Farfugium japonicum ‘Aureomaculatum’ (photo courtesy of Rob Cardillo)

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Farfugium japonicum


Perennials

From China, Japan. Big-leafed, water-loving plant forms a clump about 2 ft. high and wide. Glossy bright green, kidney-shaped, scalloped, or shallowly lobed leaves up to 15 in. wide are carried on long (1–2-ft.) leafstalks. Flower stems to 2 ft. tall carry several 1 1/2–2 1/2-in. yellow daisy flowers. The species is not as popular or widely grown as its selections.

‘Argenteum’ has somewhat smaller deep green leaves marbled with gray-green and white. ‘Aureomaculatum’, also known as leopard plant, has thick, leathery leaves that are heavily, evenly speckled with yellow. ‘Crispatum’, sometimes called pie crust ligularia, has thick, ruffle-edged gray-green leaves.

All are choice container plants for shady beds, entryways; a good groundcover in constantly moist but well-drained soil. Tops are hardy to 20°F (–7°C). Plants die back to roots at 0°F (–18°C) and put on new growth in spring. Control snails and slugs.

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