Ligularia Dentata,’Midnight Lady’ -(Leopard Plant)
This plant has handsome purple black leaves and is grown mainly for its foliage although the flowers are also attractive and are good for cutting.
This is a very handsome specimen perennial which needs a moist location. It is sometimes called elephant ears. It produces a mound of very dark shining leaves which are a black purple in colour. The flowers appear in summer onto early autumn rising well above the foliage. They are daisy-like and bright golden-orange in colour. They and the leaves pick well .
This plant is very elegant in a border or by the water. It can also be grown in a large container and makes an unusual specimen .
As for most plants which have luscious foliage , slugs and snails can be a problem.
You can divide the plant in spring every 3 -4 years. In our warmer areas give the plant at least afternoon shade.
Note: 11 seeds in packet
Sow indoors in late winter and spring. Surface sow onto moist, well-drained seed compost. Do not cover seed but press gently into the soil. Place in a propagator or cover with clear glass or plastic to maintain humidity. Place somewhere bright. Ideal temp. 21-24°C. Germination takes 14-42 days approx. and can be irregular. Once germination occurs ensure the plant has free moving air . Reduce temp. to 15°C and grow on. Transplant individually to 8cm pots and grow on. Acclimatise and plant out in summer.
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elephant ears, Leopard Plant
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