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Farfugium japonicum 'Crispata'

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Farfugium (far-FEW-gee-um) (Info)
Species: japonicum (juh-PON-ih-kum) (Info)
Cultivar: Crispata
Additional cultivar information: (aka Crispatum, Crispula, Cristata)

Synonym:Ligularia tussilaginea

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 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:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow
Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage
Good Fall Color

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)

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

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

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive vossner On Oct 29, 2006, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Mine is planted inground, mostly shade. Agree that it is a very thirsty plant, but recovers quickly once you water. Fabulous looking, moderate grower.

Positive doss On Nov 20, 2004, doss from Stanford, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

While Crispata does need constant moisture, it you have a particularly hot day and it dries out a little it will let you know by turning it's leaves upside down. Don't want to do this too much, but water it and it turns right back over. I grow it in the dripline of a Walnut tree in about 1/2 shade. If it can survive a walnut tree, it's tougher than it looks.


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

Calistoga, California
Clayton, California
Napa, California
San Leandro, California
Stanford, California
Gainesville, Florida
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Atlanta, Georgia
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Shreveport, Louisiana
Southold, New York
Okatie, South Carolina
Fort Worth, Texas
Richmond, Texas
Bainbridge Island, Washington

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