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Doronicum orientale 'Magnificum'

Leopard's bane

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

Yellow

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

photo by Clive Nichols, copyright GAP Photos (62046)

Plant details

Leopard's bane is one of the few daisy family members to bloom in spring, and usually manages to coincide with the last of the daffodils. It is an easy-going plant, useful for getting a flower border off to an early start, or for growing towards the front of a shrub border - it will tolerate a little light shade. Since its foliage appears early, clumps may be grown in front of large hybrid daffodils to mask the foliage while it dies down . They also look good teamed with cowslips on a grassy bank to create a natural spring display. Try contrasting it with scarlet tulips.

Family: Asteraceae

Genus: Doronicum

Species: orientale

Cultivar: Magnificum

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Dry

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 60cm

Spread: 60cm

Time to plant seeds: March to May

Time to divide plants: September to November

Flowering period: April to May


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