Ligularia, Leopard Plant 'Little Rocket'

Ligularia stenocephala

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ligularia (lig-yoo-LAR-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: stenocephala (sten-oh-SEF-ah-luh) (Info)
Cultivar: Little Rocket



Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


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


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Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall


Grown for foliage


Other details:

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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:

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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


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

Parker, Colorado

Downers Grove, Illinois

Plainwell, Michigan

Stevensville, Michigan

Minot, North Dakota

Norristown, Pennsylvania

New Richmond, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 29, 2011, skiekitty from Parker, CO (Zone 5b) wrote:

Very unfussy plant, doesn't seem to care if it gets watered or not. In my mini-rose bed, so, during drought, gets watered once a week if it's lucky. Beautiful flower spikes! A+ plant in my opinion!


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 Brit Marie. 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 doing great and it is more of a green color then the maroon color they had ... read more


On Aug 19, 2010, chagrinriv from Middlefield, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

We bought this plant to use in a very shady area. It looks great. But, if I don't water it EVERY day, it wilts. I would be interested to know others experience with it.

I usually go out in the early morning and water it with about 1 1/2 gallons of water from a watering can. If I don't it does a serious wilt about 2 - 3:00 pm. I'm afraid to not water it, lest it die.