Farfugium, Variegated Leopard Plant, White Edged Leopard Plant 'Argentea'

Farfugium japonicum

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Farfugium (far-FEW-gee-um) (Info)
Species: japonicum (juh-PON-ih-kum) (Info)
Cultivar: Argentea
Additional cultivar information:(aka Argenteum)
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Water Requirements:

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

Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade


Grown for foliage


Provides Winter Interest

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual

Suitable for growing in containers


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Fall

Late Fall/Early Winter

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Bonita, California

Calistoga, California

San Leandro, California

Stanford, California

Jesup, Georgia

Okatie, South Carolina

Spring, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 22, 2013, sueroderus from Bluffton, SC (Zone 8b) wrote:

Farfugiums are one of my favorite plants and this variegated form is really special. Evergreen in my zone 8b garden, it is also deer resistant. Pretty easy care in shade with adequate moisture. Not easy to find but we have a local grower that sometimes has it. So far it has not bloomed, but if it does I will try and propagate from seeds.


On Jun 13, 2006, goulette from Ventura, CA wrote:

I purchased a plant at our local Green Thumb about two years ago and planted it in a shaded area in my garden. Last summer, I brutally uprooted three sections of of the same and planted them in three other locations, one of which is in direct sunlight. They are beautiful!


On Sep 28, 2004, pgbledsoe from Weatherford, TX wrote:

This is my favorite plant. Everyone that comes to my garden wants to know the name of the plant. I purchased 5 leopard plants that did not have spots on the leaves about 3 years ago at a local nursery. I hope the plants never get spots on the leaves as I like them just the way they are. They seem very happy located in full shade...surrounding a huge post oak tree. I have been told that leopard plants need a lot of water, but I haven't found this the case at all. I'd recommend this plant for a place that you would plant hostas. This plant is much better than hostas...no slug or snail problem...and it's evergreen. It's extremely maintenance free. I haven't tried to propagate by division, but I plan on trying to divide one plant this fall. Anyone else ever tried division success... read more