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Ligularia dentata 'Britt Marie Crawford'

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

6 vendors have this plant for sale.

22 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)
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Flowers are good for cutting

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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6 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive RobertWM On Apr 25, 2014, RobertWM from Clawson, MI wrote:

Trouble free, easy growing plant for moist, shady areas. Came through the worst winter in a century without problems. Some people have reported slug problems but I've only had minimal issues with slugs, much less than on hostas. Very occasionally reseeds itself and comes true to seed so you will have one or two more plants to spot around and enjoy. Nothing to dislike.

Neutral Bazuhi On Jun 8, 2011, Bazuhi from Downers Grove, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

Year is 2011 and this plant was actaully planted in my garden in 2010, so this is it's first actual year of growth since I never count the first year. I saw this plant a couple years in a row at the local Home Depot and wouldn't purchase it due to actually looking it up on the net and finding that it prefers a damper soil. I also read that the snails and slugs also love this plant and to put sand around it to keep them away. Well I broke down and bought 2 of this variety and 2 of the Ligularia Stenocephala Litte Rocket. Yes when it gets really hot the leaves do droop but I see my coneflowers doing the same thing, I am not home a lot and so far it hasn't affected them but we have been getting rain in between the hot spells. The foliage is ok but not growing as aggressive as the Little Rocket is and it is more of a purple color that I remembered last year. When I get a chance to see them this growing season I will better be able to decide if I like them or not but they did look cool in the pots last year! My plants are planted where they get sun during the afternoon about 1230 till 7pm give or take. No soil additions were made at the time of planting but I did add garden soil to the bottom of the hole and part way up the sides just to help the roots in the beginning

Positive gardenlady123 On May 11, 2009, gardenlady123 from Plainwell, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

I have several other ligularias and absolutly love this one also. Could kick myself for not buying one sooner. Georgeous dark foliage and the bonus flowers the end of summer! Butterflies love them also. Ronna

Neutral Gabrielle On Sep 7, 2007, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

Very nice foliage, contrasts well with the orange blooms. Blooms August - September in my garden. USPP #16113

Positive ademink On Jan 23, 2007, ademink from Indianapolis, IN wrote:

One of my favorite plants of all time! Gorgeous foliage, cheery flowers, tough plant that grows like a champ! It runs a very close second to my #1 obsession...hostas. :) Makes an excellent companion plant to hostas and the purple foliage sets it apart from other shade plants. I don't find this particular variety to wilt as badly as other Ligularia when the sun really starts beating down.

A "must-have" in any garden, for sure!

Positive joanlc On Nov 20, 2006, joanlc from Perham, MN (Zone 3b) wrote:

The flowers are lightly fragrant, in a way that reminds me of the perfumed powder my mother used to wear; not as heavy as a perfume. If grown in conditions they favor, these plants are eye-catching for their foliage, and even more so when in full bloom. Visitors to our nursery display gardens comment on them most during spring, when the leaves are richly colored and shiny, and during August, which is their blooming time in Zone 3b. I've collected seeds and will see if any of them come true, though it seems unlikely.

Positive SushiMN On Feb 11, 2006, SushiMN from Minneapolis, MN wrote:

I've grown this gorgeous plant for about 5 years, and virtually every visitor to my garden notices and admires it. I don't particularly care for the flowers (in fact, I discard them), but the rich dark foliage is spectacular!

Positive lego_brickster On May 3, 2005, lego_brickster from Lawrenceville, PA (Zone 5b) wrote:

This has been showing up at our local nurseries the last year or two. We picked up a couple as soon as we saw them.
We love the dark foliage and bright flowers.
Easy to care for as long as it does not get too much afternoon sun, which will make it wilt like other Ligularia. Slugs have not bothered it so far, Unlike some of our other damp shade plants.


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

Quitzdorf Am See,
Monrovia, California
San Jose, California
Englewood, Colorado
Chicago, Illinois
Downers Grove, Illinois
Park Ridge, Illinois
Washington, Illinois
Indianapolis, Indiana
Elkhart, Iowa
Lansing, Kansas
Canaan, Maine
Fallston, Maryland
Clawson, Michigan
East Tawas, Michigan
Plainwell, Michigan
Minneapolis, Minnesota (2 reports)
Perham, Minnesota
Marshfield, Missouri
Buffalo, New York
Lancaster, New York
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Chesterland, Ohio
Conneaut, Ohio
Defiance, Ohio
Norman, Oklahoma
Albany, Oregon
Albrightsville, Pennsylvania
Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Austin, Texas
Lexington, Virginia
Kalama, Washington
Langley, Washington
Olympia, Washington
Seattle, Washington
Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin

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