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Ligularia dentata 'Desdemona'

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ligularia (lig-yoo-LAR-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: dentata (den-TAY-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Desdemona

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19 members have or want this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade


Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

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

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4 positives
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Domehomedee On Dec 28, 2012, Domehomedee from Arroyo Grande, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

We call this plant "tractor seat" plant. I grow it in a half barrel in part sun, next to a water feature. In summer it requires plenty of water and can still go limp on hot days. Mine is blooming now, in late December, but no matter I'll take blooms whenever they come! Easier to grow in California than Gunnera, has large tropical looking leaves. Mine has multiplied in the pot.

Positive zillabug On May 6, 2010, zillabug from Cato, NY wrote:

We have it growing in several locations with different soil types. In moist sandy soil it has tripled its size (via runners) in one year. Great plant for filling moist, dark areas.

Positive NoLawns On May 16, 2009, NoLawns from Warrenville, IL wrote:

Great Plant... Love The Way New Foliage Emerges... Handles A Little More Sun, And Can Handle Less Moisture... But Not Both... Slugs And Snails Are A Big Problem, They Love It More Than Hostas...

Positive Toxicodendron On Aug 4, 2004, Toxicodendron from Piedmont, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:

Excellent choice for the shady, moist garden. The large leaves add texture contrast to ferns and hostas, and the late flowering habit provides an extension to the blooming season.
Will not tolerate hot midday direct sun...will wilt terribly (but it will perk back up late in the day). Mine gets dappled sun only. Gets bigger with time, but has never made runners, sprouted volunteers, or developed any other invasive habit in the 4 years I have grown the plant. Herbaceous, hardy. Watch out for slugs and snails.


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

Anchorage, Alaska
Arroyo Grande, California
San Leandro, California
Atlanta, Georgia
Washington, Illinois
Newburgh, Indiana
Iowa City, Iowa
Gonzales, Louisiana
Plainwell, Michigan
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Stockton, Minnesota
Piedmont, Missouri
Munsonville, New Hampshire
Perrineville, New Jersey
Brewster, New York
Genoa, New York
Rochester, New York
Cottage Grove, Oregon
Salem, Oregon
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Hood, Virginia
Ellsworth, Wisconsin

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