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Ligularia dentata 'Desdemona'

Golden groundsel

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Hardy perennial

Flower colour






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Desdemona' 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, with maroon backs, and the flowers are large, shaggy, narrow-petalled deep orange daisies which appear in loose, flat-topped sprays in mid-summer. Like most ligularias, it is not a particularly sophisticated plant, but planted in large drifts with other species such as L. przewalskii beside ponds or in a large border, they create a very good effect.

Family: Asteraceae

Genus: Ligularia

Species: dentata

Cultivar: Desdemona

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Orange

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 100cm

Spread: 100cm

Time to plant seeds: September to May

Time to divide plants: March to May

Flowering period: July to September

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