12/15/2013 - 02/15/2014
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Farfugium japonicum ‘Aureo-maculata’
Attributes: Leopard Plant is an herbaceous, perennial growing to approximately 2’high and 2’wide. The wide glossy foliage is spotted with bright lemon yellow spots, and the plant bears yellow daisy-like flowers on 18” stalks in winter or early spring, depending on how warm our winter is. It is hardy to zone 7, but foliage disappears at approximately 18F.
Growing Tips: Leopard Plant prefers evenly moist, acid soil. It does not like to dry out and will take a considerable amount of time to recover if it does. Adding compost to the soil at planting will aid in moisture retention and provide the nutrients Leopard Plant needs to thrive. A site that receives morning sun is preferable.
Landscape Uses: Leopard Plant may be used as a component of a perennial border in partially shaded gardens, where its deep green, spotted foliage can be appreciated against a backdrop of flowering perennials and other shrubs. It is particularly good with ferns, evergreen gingers, and low ground covers such as dwarf Mondo grass and dwarf Sweet Flag. In addition, it provides much needed winter greenery in the empty spaces left by dormant Hostas, especially when combined with Italian Arum and evergreen Solomon’s Seal.
Location in the Garden: Leopard Plant may be seen in bloom now in the Sensory Garden at the Memphis Botanic Garden, and in front of the Rick Pudwell Horticulture Center.
Text and photo by Chris Cosby, Greenhouse Manager, Memphis Botanic Garden