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Japanese Ligularia

Ligularia japonica

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ligularia (lig-yoo-LAR-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: japonica (juh-PON-ih-kuh) (Info)



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer


Grown for foliage


Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Clawson, Michigan

Tawas City, Michigan

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 12, 2014, elfenqueen from East Tawas, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

I agree with Robert 100 %.... but would like to note~~ first year leaf does not resemble parent, they are round with a scallop, second year are true.

I Love this plant!!


On Apr 24, 2014, RobertWM from Clawson, MI wrote:

For an accent plant in a moist, shady area, this one is tops. I have two, both about ten years old and they are trouble free - no bugs, no diseases, just lots of beautiful exotic looking foliage and yellow, marigold-like flowers on tall stems produced mid to late summer, when the rest of the garden is winding down. It does like its water and will wilt if allowed to completely dry out but springs back when watered. Mine sailed through the worst winter we've had in a century and have even reseeded themselves just a bit. They come true to seed so you will have one or two more to spot around and enjoy. Nothing to dislike.