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PlantFiles: Leopard Plant
Farfugium japonicum 'Aureomaculata'

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Farfugium (far-FEW-gee-um) (Info)
Species: japonicum (juh-PON-ih-kum) (Info)
Cultivar: Aureomaculata
Additional cultivar information: (aka Aureomaculatum, Aureo-Maculata)

Synonym:Ligularia tussilaginea

5 vendors have this plant for sale.

14 members have or want this plant for trade.


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Partial to Full Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Late Fall/Early Winter

Grown for foliage

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

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Scuzelbut1 On May 21, 2013, Scuzelbut1 from Atlanta, GA wrote:

My neighbor gave me some of her plant she divided this spring. So far it has filled out nicely and I look forward to enjoying this plant in the years to come.

Positive BPlum On Apr 17, 2010, BPlum from Alexander City, AL wrote:

I have an impossible shady boggy hard dirt no drainage spot where I planted this and it has survived. I'm improving the site and would like more, but it's very expensive to buy. Any sources?

For some reason, the spots went away. Maybe too much shade?

Positive robcorreia On Oct 6, 2008, robcorreia from San Diego, CA (Zone 10b) wrote:

Very nice plant for the shady garden. Likes lots of water. Pretty daisy-like blooms in October came as a surprise to me!

Positive janetcrotts On May 31, 2008, janetcrotts from Raleigh, NC wrote:

I have a huge Leopard Happenstance (I believe) It is round about 3 feet or more in diameter--huge leaves. I have had it for about 5 years. It is in a pot just a little smaller than the plant. I have it outside most of the time except in winter when it is in my greenhouse--probably unnecessary but it seems to do fine in there. It has always been active shooting up new leaves. It has, however, stopped and has a slight musty odor at the soil level-not the leaves. At least 2 leaves turn yellow every day. I expect that it has some sort of mold that may be killing it. . I do not believe it has been overwatered but maybe so. Does anyone have any ideas to treat it at this time? This is very important to me, so please help if you can. Jan Crotts Thanks

By the way I got it at Plant Delights in Sauls, NC. I also know that Logans Trading Company in Raleigh, NC --919- 828-5337 had some last week.

Positive XylemPhloemCallie On Feb 21, 2007, XylemPhloemCallie from Dallas, TX wrote:

Great success with Leopard Plant in full shade. It even made it through several hard frosts this winter. The flowers are a pleasant surprise in the fall, but the glossy leopard-spotted foliage is the true star of the show all year.

Positive vossner On Jan 26, 2007, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I love this plant. very slow grower for me. planted inground, in bright shade. Water only when limp, easily rotted when overwatered.

Positive doss On May 23, 2006, doss from Stanford, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

This farfugium is evergreen in zone 9 and is a bright sparkle in the woodland garden and gives the effect of sun filtering down from the trees. Here you can almost grow it in the dark. While only needing average water, it is sensitive to drying out but will let you know by wilting a little and then is easily revived.

One of my very favorite plants. Bait for snails and slugs!

Positive Gabrielle On Jan 26, 2006, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

My information on this plant says it is hardy in zones 4-6, and so far it has survived here in zone 5. It didn't even die all the way back this winter.


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

Alexander City, Alabama
Calistoga, California
Clayton, California
Crescent City, California
San Diego, California
San Leandro, California
Atlanta, Georgia (2 reports)
Moultrie, Georgia
Wichita, Kansas
West Monroe, Louisiana
Montclair, New Jersey
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina (2 reports)
Cincinnati, Ohio
Columbus, Ohio
Royersford, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Conway, South Carolina
Spartanburg, South Carolina
Bellaire, Texas
Conroe, Texas
Dallas, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Missouri City, Texas
Richmond, Texas
Stephenville, Texas
Chesapeake, Virginia
Lexington, Virginia
Seattle, Washington

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