Botanical: Ligularia 'Przewalskii'
Common: Ligularia Ray
General Characteristics: A very useful and attractive plant next to the pool or by a pond. Clump forming, herbaceous perennials from central and eastern Asia with a few species from Europe. They are grown for their showy, tall, slender yellow flowerheads. Each flower head is a raceme of many yellow florets showing strikingly against the purple-black stems. Like many perennials that form such spikes, it begins blooming at the bottom of the spike and works its way upward, lengthening the life of each spike's decorative vitality. Late in autumn, it dies to the ground but with no encouragement comes back the following spring. They are generally found in moist or wet grassland, scrub and open woodland and beside mountain streams and ditches. Shelter from strong winds to avoid the flower stems breaking off. To propagate, divide plants in spring.