Members of Ligularia are hardy perennials that can reach from 30 cm to 1.8 m (1 to 6 feet) in height.
They have tall stalks that grow out from large leaves.
The Ligularia genus plants can produce two distinct types of flowers: either daisy like or as long racemes.
Ligularia Halifax by InAweofGod'sCreation.
These flowers are usually yellow in both cases, and bloom in the summer.
Ligularia by Wallygrom.
Some of the common names for Ligularia include Goldenray, Summer Ragwort, and Leopard plant.
Ligularia dentata (Summer Ragwort / Leopardplant), photograph by Koichi Oda; CC.
Ligularia fischeri (Fischer's Ragwort / Elegant Goldenray / Fischer's Leopard Plant / Gomchwi), picture by Dr. Alexey Yakovlev; CC.
Common Names: Leopard Plant, Golden Groundsel, Golden Ray, Summer Ragwort.
Life Cycle: Hardy perennial.
Height: 24 to 72 inches (60 to 180 cm).
Native: Europe. Asia. Africa.
Growing Region: Zones 4 to 8.
When growing Goldenray and other Ligularia outdoors from seeds, then they should be sown on the soil surface. This can be done in autumn or before the last frost of spring.
They prefer to grow in sunny areas of the garden, but are able to tolerate shady conditions. The soil that Ligularia grows in should be moist.
If first growing Ligularia seedlings indoors, then they should be prepared about one and a half months before due to be put out in the garden, in the spring.
They should take from two to six weeks to germinate at 12 to 18 degrees (54 to 64°F).
Ligularia are fairly easy to look after. They requirE regular watering to a maintain moist soil. A fertilizer should be applied in spring and summer.
After flowering has finished, cut back the stalks.
At the end of the growing season in autumn, cut Ligularia plants to ground level.
To help maintain vigorous growth, it is best to divide Ligularia plants every three years in the springtime. This method also enables the propagation of more plants.