The Q&A Archives: Ligularia In Distress

Question: I bought ligularia przewalskii on sale and wondered why a plant so gorgeous on the label isn't seen more often in the MidAtlantic. I planted in a low, wet spot with well prepared soil. It hasn't grown at all...just kind of looks limp and has some brown spots on the leaves. I know it wilts in the heat of the sun but this one just doesn't look happy. How long should I wait before it is over any transplantation shock and starts growing? Is it generally a slow grower? Why isn't it more widely used - I've never seen it at the local nursery before.
Any help is greatly appreciated.

Answer: Although these plants need even moisture, they also need a well drained location or the roots may rot. This is a fine line in selecting the right planting spot. Based on your description, I would suspect that the location is too wet. In my experience, these plants do much better in cool summer areas such as the mild climate of the Pacific Northwest (as you know, it wilts at noon time on warm summer days; partial filtered shade may help somewhat with this) and that is why they are not commonly grown in the MidAtlantic. When happy, the clumps expand rather quickly.

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