Ligularia, Leopard Plant 'The 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: The 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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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


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:


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:

, (2 reports)

Anchorage, Alaska

Fox, Alaska

Girdwood, Alaska

Juneau, Alaska

San Leandro, California

Atlanta, Georgia

Chicago, Illinois

Marshalltown, Iowa

South China, Maine

Lakeville, Massachusetts

Nantucket, Massachusetts

Reading, Massachusetts

Dearborn Heights, Michigan

East Tawas, Michigan

Plainwell, Michigan

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Osmond, Nebraska

Munsonville, New Hampshire

Plainfield, New Jersey

Buffalo, New York

Carmel, New York

Corfu, New York

Hilton, New York

Ithaca, New York

Jefferson, New York

Lake Toxaway, North Carolina

Barberton, Ohio

Dublin, Ohio

Youngstown, Ohio

Portland, Oregon

Salem, Oregon

Beavertown, Pennsylvania

Dauphin, Pennsylvania

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Schwenksville, Pennsylvania

Waynesboro, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Crossville, Tennessee

Leesburg, Virginia

Bellevue, Washington

East Port Orchard, Washington

Kalama, Washington

Ridgefield, Washington

Seattle, Washington

Stanwood, Washington

Twisp, Washington

Franklin, Wisconsin

Wausau, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 20, 2017, Village_idiot from Alberta, AB (Zone 3a) wrote:

Here in rural Alberta (zone 3a) this plant is spectacular in damp shade. It's surrounded by Fireweed that can grow as tall as 9-10 ft tall in the sun but just a little shorter than the Ligularia in the shade. The colours are great together and attract lots of bees and butterflies.


On Jul 26, 2010, bonehead from Cedarhome, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Fabulous plant, very dramatic. I have also had less slug problems with this cultivar than with Othello (for example). Didn't know about the seed not coming true, so guess I'll cut back my stalks I was pampering.


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

love all ligularias and bought this on last year 2008. very dramatic!


On Mar 25, 2005, sanity101 from Dublin, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

put it in part sun by the driveway. Unfortunately, the sun it got was rather mid-day, and it wilted profusely. Flat on the ground. A trickle from the hose would perk it back up, but it never flowered and eventually died by autumn.

UPDATE: It has done incredibly this year in a different location with next to no light at all. The tall, bright yellow flowers are very striking in a dark corner of the yard. Highly recomended as a change of pace for *deep* shade. Be sure it gets water through.

Had a few aphids, but not problematic. Flowers tend to 'arch' towards the light and need staking to stay upright.


On Dec 29, 2004, vavsie from Corfu, NY wrote:

I just put this plant in this past summer, and it's live it tropical exotic look. I have it with Hosta's, Spiderwort, Jacob's Ladder, Hardy Geranium and Toad Lily. The effect is Gorgeous (if I do say so myself *grin*). I am concerned about the prolific amount of parachute-wind spread seeds though as I have wildwetlands near.


On Aug 12, 2002, Weezingreens from Seward, AK (Zone 3b) wrote:

'The Rocket' is a hybrid of L. stenocephala and L. przewalskii. Generally the large, serated leaves are heart-shaped. Some deep lobing may occur. The leaves are the focal point of this plant, though the blooms are a striking yellow against a shady background. The stems of 'The Rocket' are almost black, adding to its dramatic effect.


On May 6, 2002, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

The cultivar 'The Rocket' has triangular leaves, bigger than the species. Its flowers are in plumes, rather than daisy-like. The leaves are ruffled-edged, green on top with maroon undersides.

Plant quickly wilts in hot sun or if even slightly dry, but immediately perks back up under corrected conditions.

Slugs are much less a problem on this cultivar than the species.