Leopard Plant (Ligularia dentata 'Othello') in the Ligularias Database

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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial Shade to Full Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Plant Height: 2 to 3 feet (60-90cm)
Plant Spread: 18 to 30 inches (45-75cm)
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: 2"-3"
Flower Time: Summer
Underground structures: Rhizome
Suitable Locations: Bog gardening
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Child plants: 2 child plants


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By Bonehead on May 26, 2014

Pennies glued to a cardboard collar, to deter both slugs and weeds.

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Posted by bpsgarden (Laporte, MN - Zone 3b) on Jul 14, 2013 9:03 AM

I love the huge beautiful leaves with almost a purple tinge below and stems. The one I have in part sun is big and beautiful. The one that is in full shade is noticeably smaller and has been eaten by slugs or other bugs - thus has large holes in the big beautiful leaves.

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Posted by lauribob (N Central Wash. - the dry side - Zone 5b) on Feb 18, 2013 3:44 PM

One of my favorites. These self-seed freely in my Zone 5 garden on the east side of the house. They are filling in the (well-watered) bed nicely after several years. I also have Britt-Marie Crawford just on the other side of the steps from these. It has not gotten as big or seeded itself like Othello has. These can be prone to slug damage if you live where the slime trails rule.

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Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Dec 1, 2013 3:11 PM

I love this plant for its gorgeous foliage, not so taken with the rather coarse yellow blooms. Unfortunately, in my Pacific Northwest Zone 8 garden, it gets absolutely riddled by slugs, to the point that the lovely leaves take on a look of tattered lace. Other ligularias are not hit as hard as Othello, which leads me to the unhappy conclusion that I should replace this with something the slugs aren't quite so fond of. Pick your battles.

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