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Ligularia (Golden Ray) stenocephala ‘The Rocket’

Beginning in mid spring, dramatic, narrow-spiked Ligularia lends the beauty of its large serated triangular or heart-shaped leaves to any moist partial-sun garden. Then in summer until first frost, it adds tall slender spikes of flowers. A noble plant with huge leathery leaves, deep green on top, ebony on the reverse side. Give this moisture lover room as it can be 4′ across and 5′ tall. Fragrant yellow, spike flowers in early summer, held above the leaves. A hummingbird favorite. They can form a magnificent display in a mixed border and can look imposing as waterside plants where the inflorescences are reflected into the water.

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
Flower Lemon-yellow
Bloomtime July - August

General Information +

Botanical: Ligularia stenocephala 'The Rocket'

Common: Golden Ray

General Characteristics: 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 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, lengthing 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. Ligularia 'The Rocket' is a hybrid between two closely related species, Ligularia przewalskii and Ligularia stenocephala, which easily cross-pollinate. 'The Rocket' has tall black stemmed inflorescences and boldly toothed leaves, sharing many of the characteristics of its parents.

Planting/Care Instructions +

Pests or Diseases: They are relatively untroubled by pests and diseases but like many herbaceous perennials the young, tender, emerging leaves can be damaged by slugs and snails in the spring.

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. Ligularias should be grown in fertile, deep, moist soil in dappled shade but with some protection from strong winds that may damage the inflorescences.