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PlantFiles: Shavalski's Ligularia
Ligularia przewalskii

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ligularia (lig-yoo-LAR-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: przewalskii (sha-VAL-skee-eye) (Info)

Synonym:Senecio przewalskii

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

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Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


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

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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1 neutral
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive akcrafter On Jun 4, 2007, akcrafter from Philadelphia, PA wrote:

One of my favorites! I grew it in Anchorage, Alaska in sun and shade. All it asked of me was lots of moisture and when it didn't get it it lay down in a pout until I watered it. Then up it went without any consequences. Very tall, interesting dark purplish stems, yellow flowers in late summer. I was told that it didn't do well in Philadelphia, but mine look fine. I know they are going to demand a lot of water so I put them in an area that has other moisture loving plants. I've planted them adjacent to Desdemona and found that they hybridized very easily, even though a gardening expert in Alaska insisted that they did not. They also reproduce madly, mostly from spilled seeds so I have learned to cut the flower tops off after they bloom. I had a period of time when I had troilious and lingularia popping up everywhere. So keep those shears close by to pop off flowers before they go to seed.

Positive lovedirtynails On May 28, 2006, lovedirtynails from Portland, OR wrote:

Originally, I planted this where it received morning sun and a bit of afternoon sun, and it wilted every day. I have now moved it under a overhang on the south side of the house and it is very happy. I already have buds shooting up.

Positive JoeIndiana On Jun 15, 2005, JoeIndiana from Griffith, IN wrote:

On the 2003 IllianaPond and Garden walk, this plant was highly noticed. The large 2.5 leaves and the deep green cuts got everyones attention. A real show stopper for us total shade gardener's.

Neutral Baa On Aug 17, 2002, Baa wrote:

A large perennial from China

Has irregularly lobed and toothed, palmate, deep green leaves. Bears tall purple/green spike densely covered in small, yellow, daisy like flowers.

Flowers July-October

Love a constantly moist but well-drained, fertile soil in a sunny spot with some shade in the hottest part of the day.

Excellent stately plant for the back of a border.

Slugs and snails may damage the young growth in Spring.


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

Anchorage, Alaska
Denver, Colorado
Griffith, Indiana
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Portland, Oregon
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Wausau, Wisconsin

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