Ligularia dentata 'Dark Beauty'
Family: Asteraceae Pronounced: lig-yew-LAYER-ee-uh den-TAH-tuh
Sunset zones: 1-9, 14-17.
USDA zones: 4-8.
Height: 3 feet (1 m).
Width: 3 feet (1 m).
Bright orange flowers on long maroon-purple stems.
Large, deep green, kidney shaped leaves with purple undersides.
Morning sun or afternoon shade.
Humus rich, very moist soil.
Side dress with compost or manure. Fertilize in spring and again in early summer with a complete organic fertilizer.
Sow seed in autumn and place in a cold frame. Seed usually produces same as parent. | Divide in spring or after it is done flowering.
Pests and Diseases:
Slugs are a nuisance by making holes in the leaves.
Rainy Side Notes
Ligularia 'Dark Beauty' is remarkable with its large, dark foliage, adding a tropical look to shady areas. The flowers are almost an afterthought, but the clear orange flowers bring color to the dark side of the garden.
Photographed in author's garden.