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LIGULARIA dentata 'Dark Beauty'

Image of Ligularia dentata 'Dark Beauty'

James H. Schutte

Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

LIGULARIA dentata 'Dark Beauty'

Plant Common Name

Big-Leaved Ligularia

Special Notice

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General Description

Summer ragwort 'Dark Beauty' plants sport large dark leaves with toothed margins, masses of yellow-orange flowers and a love for moist, shady conditions. The plants are compact and very cold hardy.

This herbaceous perennial is native to China and Japan and forms impressive clumps in the garden. The kidney-shaped leaves are produced on long purple petioles and are as attractive as the flowers. They are dark grebe with a purple-black tint. In summer, long stems of blooms rise well above the leaves. These hold masses of shaggy, golden daisies in flat-topped, loose clusters.

Plant summer ragwort in a site protected from hot sun and winds, like the north side of a house or moist woodland. In addition to partial sun to shade, they require cool, humus-rich, moist soils so boggy or moist woodland areas and pond edges are ideal. Slugs and snails love to munch on the foliage of summer ragwort and can become a problem. This easy perennial seldom needs division. Plant it in masses with other water-loving plants for conservation and mulch well.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m

  • Width

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    China, Japan

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Poorly Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam

  • Tolerances

    Wet Site

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water, Ample Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Purple, Black

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Purple, Dark Green, Black

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Purple, Dark Green, Black

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Bog Garden, Cutflower, Edging, Feature Plant, Groundcover, Water Gardens, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes