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Ligularia dentata 'Othello'

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

Synonym:Ligularia clivorum

3 vendors have this plant for sale.

15 members have or want this plant for trade.


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 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:
Light Shade


Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

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

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5 positives
3 neutrals
2 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive bonehead On Jan 21, 2011, bonehead from Cedarhome, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Striking plant, good in the shade, but do patrol regularly for slugs. They can desicate a plant overnight.

Negative GuitarGeorge 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.

Positive gardenlady123 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.

Positive vagardener 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.

Negative dicentra63 On Jun 28, 2007, dicentra63 from West Valley City, UT (Zone 6b) wrote:

Tried to grow this from seed. It did not germinate.

Positive silvershade On May 27, 2007, silvershade from Saint Paul, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

Have been growing since 2001. Thrives since a move to dappled shade from deep shade. It is naturally re-seeding in the garden.

Neutral sandy4 On Jun 22, 2005, sandy4 from Reading, MA wrote:

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.

Neutral smiln32 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".

Positive Lauribob On Oct 12, 2003, Lauribob from Twisp, WA wrote:

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.

Neutral Sis On Aug 10, 2001, Sis wrote:

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
Elkhart, Iowa
Olathe, Kansas
Reading, Massachusetts
West Stockbridge, Massachusetts
Woburn, Massachusetts
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
East Jordan, Michigan
Plainwell, Michigan
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Greenfield, New Hampshire
Buffalo, New York
Red Hook, New York
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Barberton, Ohio
Portland, Oregon
New Tripoli, Pennsylvania
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Arlington, Texas
Princeton, Texas
Spring, Texas
Oakton, Virginia
Springfield, Virginia
Alderwood Manor, Washington
East Port Orchard, Washington
Kalama, Washington
Kent, Washington
Stanwood, Washington
Twisp, Washington
Ellsworth, Wisconsin
River Falls, Wisconsin

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