Hardiness: 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: Light Shade
Bloom Color: Gold (Yellow-Orange)
Bloom Time: Mid Summer
Foliage: Grown for foliage Blue-Green Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured
Other details: Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens
On Jun 15, 2010, GuitarGeorge from New Tripoli, PA wrote:
I obtained a bigleaf goldenray plnt from a local nursery, planted it in a fairly wet, shady area, and within a week something has eaten almost all the leaves. I suspect slugs, as I can see the slime trails. Anyone else have this problem, or any other comments or solutions? I live in eastern PA.
On Jul 29, 2008, gardenlady123 from Plainwell, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:
We have mostly shade in our yard. When I was serching for items when I was a newcomer to gardening, I had no idea what I was buying!!! But this plant is my all time favorite. It never dissappoints me!!! The flowers are an added bonus. I have several ligularias. Love them all!!! I would recommend these plants to any one with shaded yards. If in the shade they really are pretty water conscience.
On Jul 14, 2008, vagardener from Springfield, VA wrote:
I had tried several times to grow the Othello in various locations in the garden. All died. When my last two appeared to be failing, I finally transferred them to ceramic pots early last summer and thats where they stayed there over the winter. They appeared in early spring and started growing vigorously. I transferred them again to a raised garden bed spring and they took off. They're starting to develop flowers pod and I'm very excited. The Othello is a a beautiful speciman and I'm glad I never gave up trying to grow them in the garden.
I have over twenty of these plants in my garden in sandy loam in partial shade. They need a shady area to grow since too much sun will wilt the leaves. They will also wilt if not watered regularly during a dry spell. I have not been able to germinate any seed successfully from my plants. But they do multiply and divisions are easily seperated from the mother plant. Overall, its a beautiful plant to have especially if you have a bog area which I believe it is most suited for. With a constant supply of moist soil, I believe it will tolerate more sun.
On Nov 24, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:
This plant is a compact, clump-forming perennial with long-stalked, leathery leaves. Flowers bloom in mid summer and are daisy-like with bright gold flower heads. It prefers light sun, but will take full sun as long as it gets lots of moisture, but be sure the soil drains well. Reaches a height of 20".
This is one of my favorites. The foliage is huge and very striking with it's purplish undersides. The golden daisy-like flowers are just a bonus. It grows well on the shady side of my house with Japanese Painted Ferns to set it off.
Big-Leaved Ligularia has bright,daisy-like flowers and 1-2ft(30-60cm)round or kidney-shaped leaves on long stalks.
Plants grow from stout crowns with thick,fleshy roots.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, (2 reports) Clayton, California Corona, California San Diego, California San Leandro, California Oxford, Connecticut Machesney Park, Illinois Wheaton, Illinois Olathe, Kansas Reading, Massachusetts Woburn, Massachusetts Dearborn Heights, Michigan East Jordan, Michigan Plainwell, Michigan Arden Hills, Minnesota Greenfield, New Hampshire Buffalo, New York Red Hook, New York Elizabeth City, North Carolina Portland, Oregon East Norriton, Pennsylvania New Tripoli, Pennsylvania Arlington, Texas Princeton, Texas Spring, Texas Oakton, Virginia Springfield, Virginia Alderwood Manor, Washington East Port Orchard, Washington Kalama, Washington Kent, Washington Lake Goodwin, Washington Twisp, Washington Ellsworth, Wisconsin River Falls, Wisconsin