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Ligularia (Golden Ray) dentata ‘Othello’

Othello’ is a striking plant for a damp border or beside a pond. It almost counts as a dual purpose plant: the foliage is large and kidney-shaped, purple-tinted with mahogany backs, and the flowers are large, shaggy, narrow-petalled orange-yellow daisies which appear in loose, flat-topped sprays in mid-summer. Ligularia adds interesting texture and color to the landscape. A real show-stopper when planted in cool, moist areas. This is also one of the hardier species of Ligularia.

Best in a rich, moist soil. Very impressive planted in groups or as a background in the perennial border. Though it does as well in well-drained soil just so long as it is never entirely dries out, Ligularia is also a true bog plant and can have water up to the head of the root without harm.


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Plant Details +

Size #1
Height 60"
Spacing 15-18"
Hardiness Zones 3-8
Exposure Partial-Sun
Foliage Large Cut Green Leaves
Flower Yellow-orange
Bloomtime July-August

General Information +

Botanical: Ligularia dentata 'Othello'

Common: Golden Ray or Leopard plant

General Characteristics: This leopard plant cultivar is an imposing, clump-forming perennial with a mounded habit that is grown as much for its dark colored foliage as for its flowers. Features huge, leathery, toothed, long-petioled, heart-shaped basal leaves (up to 1' wide). New leaves emerge purplish-red, but mature to brownish-green on top and purplish beneath. Yellow-orange, daisy-like flowers (2-4" across) appear in summer in loose-branched corymbs atop thick, mostly leafless stems rising above the foliage typically to 2-3' tall. Petioles, veins, flower stalks and lower leaf surfaces of this cultivar are distinctively reddish-purple. Group or mass in moist or wet areas of shade or woodland gardens, or along streams, ponds, pools or bog gardens. Good plant for a shady area on the north side of a house. Can be grown in a shaded area of the border if the soil moisture requirements can be met.

Planting/Care Instructions +

Pests or Diseases: No serious insect or disease problems. Slugs and snails are often attracted to the foliage. Even with adequate moisture, leaf wilting may occur in hot summer climates (foliage droops in afternoons with recovery at night), when the plant is exposed to too much sun.

Planting Instructions: May be planted in any well-drained soil. Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. Set the plant in place so the crown (part of the plant where the root meets the stem) is about 1-2 inches below the soil surface. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly. Best grown in rich, humusy, medium wet to wet soils in part shade to full shade. Must have moist soils that never dry out. Benefits from a regular, deep watering in hot summers.