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Ligularia 'Cheju Charmer' (4/5) ht: 50cm in foliage becoming 150cm in flower
ha: dense clumping
fc: rays golden-yellow
inf: very large racemes
or, so: Crug Farm (online catalog 2005), own intro. 2005, coll. near Cheju Do, S. Korea
 

 

 
Ligularia dentata 'Dark Leaf' ht: 36-48 in. tall
lc: dark green above, purplish below
in: Etera before 2000
ns: seedlings of 'Desdemona' and 'Othello' are
ns: often similar.
so:
Etera
 

 

 
Ligularia dentata 'Desdemona' ht: 4 ft.
ha: more compact than species typical
fc: rich bronze to purple, especially in spring. The
fc: color below and petioles remains colorful
fc: longer.
fc: rays orange
eval: 'Franz Feldweber' is an improved selection.
or: c. 1940
so:
Carroll Gardens
 

 

 
Ligularia dentata 'Franz Feldweber' ht: 80cm tall
fc: orange-yellow
infd: heads 5cm wide
bt: very long flowering
lc: dark purplish-green
or: Franz Feldweber 1989 as 'Moorblut' seedling
in: Christian Kreß 1994
eval: replaces 'Desdemona'
li: Sieber, J. 1995. Newly registered cultivars of
li:
...hardy perennials. ISU. 98-99.
 

 

 
Ligularia dentata 'Moorblut' lc: dark bronze to purplish.
 

 

 

 
Ligularia dentata 'Orange Princess' ht: 120cm - 'Desdemona' is about 90cm
fc: rays orange
lt: thicker, leathery blades
ns: unsure how if at all this differs from the taller
ns: orange 'Orange Queen'
 

 

 
Ligularia dentata 'Orange Queen' ht: taller than species typical
lc: green, not purple as in most modern clones
fc: rays orange
 

 

 
Ligularia dentata 'Sommergold' ht: 120cm
st: purple, very showy
fc: rays golden yellow
ft: petals narrow, strap-like
lc: purplish
 

 

 
Ligularia dentata 'Subcrenata' ht: smaller than species typical
lc: green
ls: nearly rounded
lm: nearly or subcrenata
so: apparently not in the modern trade.
 

 

 
Ligularia dentata 'Othello' ht: 3-4 ft.
ha: said by some to be more compact than
ha: 'Desdemona' but this is not evident everywhere.
fc: rays orange to gold
lc: tinged and veined purple
or: before 1915
ns: it is also sold in seed form and T&M among
ns: others describe leaves as purple, green, or
ns: bronze to indicate the variation. It is best
ns: to select more richly colored stock.
so:
Carroll Gardens
 

 

 
Ligularia 'Gregynog Gold' ('Greynog Gold') fc: rays golden yellow
fd: rays 3-4cm long
or: thought be derived from L. veitchiana x L.
or: dentata. Known from Gregynog Hall Wales.
ns: It is often listed without the first "g" but we
ns: are following G.S. Thomas in using this
ns: spelling.
 

 

 
Ligularia 'Hietala' ns: listed name without description. Please send
ns: data.
 

 

 
Ligularia x hessei 'Laternchen' ('Little Lantern' ht: 50-80cm tall - often quite dwarf
ha: denser foliage, compact with flowers held
ha: just above the leaf mass.
infl: shorter inflor. than hybrid typical, densely conical
fc: rays golden yellow
wholesale source:
Darwin Plants
li: Sieber, J. 1995. Newly registered cultivars of
li:
...hardy perennials. ISU. 99.
 

 

 
Ligularia hodgsonii 'Golden Queen' infd: headfs 4-6cm wide
fc: rays golden yellow
eval: regarded as improved over species typical.
 

 

 
Ligularia japonica 'Rising Sun' (6/5) ht: 1.5m tall x 1.m wide
infl: large corymbs
ls: large incised leaf
or, so: Crug Farm (online catalog 2005), own intro. 2005
 

 

 
Ligularia 'Phulchok Purple' (6/5) ht: 1.6m tall
st: dark purple, showy
or, so: Crug Farm (online catalog 2005), own intro. 2005
 

 

 
Ligularia stenocephala 'Globosa' ht: 5 ft.
fc: pure yellow rays
ns: an older cultivar
 

 

 
Ligularia stenocephala 'The Rocket' ht: to 5 ft. - species is typical 3-4 ft. tall
st: dark purplish, contrasting well, showy
fc: rays bright yellow
lc: dark green
lm: coarsely dentate
infl: inflorescence narrower, rocket-like in shape.
so:
Carroll Gardens
 

 

 
Ligularia 'Sungold' ht: 48-60 in. tall
fc: rays deep golden orange
infl: well branched
lc: dark green
ls: rounded
lm: serrate
or: UK. thought to be from L. stenocephala x
or: L. dentata.
so:
Carroll Gardens
 

 

 
Ligularia tussilaginea 'Argentea' ('Albovariegata', 'White Wonder', 'Variegata')


click image to enlarge

lc: margined and sectored white, usually with
lc: highly irregular amounts of color. It is more creamy in chimera
lc: if grown in shade.
or: presumed to be from Japan.
 

 

 
Ligularia tussilaginea 'Aureomaculata'
('Kimon', 'Leopard')
lc: mottled golden yellow, usually in spherical or
lc: round spots.
 

 

 
Ligularia tussilaginea 'Crested Leopard'


JC Raulston Arboretum. Fall 2003. Click image to enlarge

ht: 20 in.
ls: blades highly crested, ruffled, crisped,
ls: and rugose as 'Crispata'
lc: mottled yellow as 'Aureomaculata'
eval: combines the traits of two popular cultivars
ns: a potentially confusing name since "
Crested
ns:
Leopard Plant" is widely applied to 'Crispata'
source, photo:
Terra Nova Nurseries
 

 

 
Ligularia tussilaginea 'Crispata' ('Cristata', 'Chirimen', [crested form])


click image to enlarge.

ht: 20 in.
ls: blades highly crested, ruffled, crisped,
ls: and rugose. Odd and ugly yet still charming.
lc: grey-green, occasionally tinged pink
ns: the less common epithet is correct but some
ns: think they are being correct changing it to
ns; 'Cristata' .
so:
Plant Delights
 

 

 
Ligularia tussilaginea 'Ferris Wheel' ht: 15 in.
ls: blades thick, jagged particularly in fall.
lt: twice thickeness of species typical
cn: thought to be tetraploid
or: Plant Delights Nursery, Raleigh NC USA
or: before 1999
in: originator 1999 (1999 Catalog: 46)
so:
Plant Delights
 

 

 
Ligularia tussilaginea 'Gigantea'


Norfolk Botanical Garden. Summer 2003. Click image to enlarge.

ht: 20 in. tall - similar to species height. It is
ht: the leaves that are gigantic.
lw: to 15 in. wide - up to twice species width
lc: glossier green than species typical
lt: thicker blades than species typical
so:
Plant Delights
 

 

 
Ligularia tussilaginea 'Green Dragon' ls: deformed, rippled, blistered, and with raised ridges.
ns: Schmid states this is considered by the Japanese a "ryu" or
ns: dragon form, thus is is probably similar to 'Ryuto' of US
ns: nurseries (see below). This stock certainly matches Schmid's
ns: photo.
li: Schmid, W.G. 2002. An enc. of shade perennials. Timber Press.
li: p. 186
 

 

 
Ligularia tussilaginea 'Intaglio' ls: blades thick with raised veins.
so:
Glasshouse Works
 

 

 
Ligularia tussilaginea 'Jitsuko Star' (5/3) ht: 36 in.
ls: orbicular
ll: 6-10 in.
ft: double, star-like
ns: named fro Jitsuko Johnson
so:
Plant Delights (online catalog 2003)
 

 

 
Ligularia tussilaginea 'Kagami Jishi' (1/02) ht: 20 in.
lc: yellow mottled as 'Aureomaculata'
lm: coarsely toothed, undulated, and slightly crested, reminding
lm: one something of a 'Crispata'
ns: it is unclear if this is the same as 'Crested Leopard'
ns: of Terra Nova and Dan Heims.
so:
Plant Delights (Spring 2002 Catalog: 75, with color photo)
 

 

 
Ligularia tussilaginea 'Kimon Chirimen' lc: mottled yellow in the manner of 'Aureomaculata'
ls: margined and ruffled as 'Crispata'
or: Japan, apparently a hybrid of the two clones mentioned above
 

 

 
Ligularia tussilaginea 'Kinkan' lc: very thinnly margined yellow as if ringed in gold.
or: known from Japan and not yet seen in the US
or: trade (2001).
ns: the name means "corona" or crowned
 

 

 
Ligularia tussilaginea 'Lunar Landing' (10/02) ls: extreme selection of 'Ryuto' with blades irregular, highly
ls: rugose with raised ridge-like veins and craters - hence the
ls: cultivar name. It is so ugly and bizarre only a collector could
ls: love it - and we will.
in, so, ph:
Terra Nova Nurseries (online catalog 2002), own intro.
 

 

 
Ligularia tussilaginea 'Martian Invader' ls: appears to be a crested variant from available photo.
 

 

 
Ligularia tussilaginea 'Plenum' ft: "double", that is having an extra row of ray
ft: flowers.
lc: grey-green
so: very rare in gardens. Not known in US trade. May be the Japanese clone 'Yaezaki'
 

 

 
Ligularia tussilaginea 'Ryuto' (1/02)


Plant Delights Nursery. Fall 2003. Click image to enlarge.

ht: 12 in. tall
ls: highly rugose with numerous raised veins, highly crinkled,
ls: irregular in outline, often with odd proliferations of tissue
ls: between veins or at the margin. The Japanese common
ls: "Dragon's Head" is suggestive. The leaf is ugly for some but
ls: so unique that collectors often love it.
or: Japan
so:
Plant Delights (Spring 2002 Catalog: 75, with color photo)
 

 

 
Ligularia tussilaginea 'Tsuwabaki' (1/02) ht: 12 in. tall
lm: highly crested, undulate, similar to 'Crispata' but with
lm: more intense, fine-textured, and angular folds. It reminds
lm: us ivy collectors of Hedera helix 'Manda's Crested'
or: Japan
so:
Plant Delights (Spring 2002 Catalog: 76, with color photo)
 

 

 
Ligularia tussilaginea 'Yaezaki' (5/3) ft: double
so, in: Asiatica Nursery (online catalog 2003)
 

 

 
Ligularia tussilaginea 'Yaezaki Hoshifu' (5/3) ft: double
lc: spotted yellow
so, in: Asiatica Nursery (online catalog 2003)