Farfugium japonicum 'Argenteum'

Leopard plant

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Hardy perennial



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Plant details

This is an unusual plant that isn't often seen in the UK, which is a shame as it's perfect for the damp, shady spots often found in British gardens. Leopard plant is a clump-forming perennial that has glossy, green, white-edged, kidney-shaped leaves that are an easy way to brighten any murky corner. In spring, the plant produces yellow, daisy-like flowers are borne on branched stems that flower throughout the summer and into autumn. In its native Korea, the plant is found on the sides of steep shady cliffs, so it thrives best in well drained or poor soil where it will remain reasonably dry during the winter months. If the plant is in danger of getting too wet, planting an evergreen shrub nearby will provide shelter.

Genus: Farfugium

Species: japonicum

Cultivar: Argenteum

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 60cm

Spread: 50cm

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