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DORONICUM orientale 'Finesse'

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Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

DORONICUM orientale 'Finesse'

Plant Common Name

Finesse Leopard's Bane, Leopard's Bane

Special Notice

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General Description

This is one of those pretty perennials that you rarely see planted in American gardens. Leopard’s bane is a member of the sunflower family that produces showy golden daisies in spring, a time when such flowers are rare in the landscape. It is a hardy herbaceous perennial that originates from Europe and Central Asia where it resides in the rocky soils of forest clearings and margins.

In spring, leopard’s bane produces large golden yellow daisies that rise from tall solitary stems. The clump-forming plants have green heart-shaped leaves with toothed edges. In the summer, they may go dormant.

Partial sun or shade and fertile garden soil with good drainage are needed for good health and growth. This underused perennial is perfect for a woodland or cottage garden and pairs well with hellebores, Siberian Bugloss and Pulmonaria. There are a number of desirable cultivars to include the compact 'Spring Beauty' ('Frühlingspracht'). Its flowers are also good for cutting.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    12"-24" / 30.5cm - 61.0cm

  • Width

    24"-36" / 61.0cm - 91.4cm

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring

  • Native To

    Eastern Europe, Southern Europe, Turkey, Central Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow, Gold

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Light Green

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Cutflower, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No