Ligularia, Bigleaf Ligularia, Bigleaf Goldenray, Golden Groundsel, Leopard Plant 'Othello'

Ligularia dentata

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



Water Requirements:

Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade


Grown for foliage


Foliage Color:



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)

Where to Grow:

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Bloom Color:

Gold (yellow-orange)

Bloom Characteristics:

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Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


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

Clayton, California

Corona, California

San Diego, California

San Leandro, California

Oxford, Connecticut

Brandon, Florida

Machesney Park, Illinois

Wheaton, Illinois

Elkhart, Iowa

Olathe, Kansas

Methuen, Massachusetts

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

Knoxville, Tennessee

Arlington, Texas

Princeton, Texas

Spring, Texas

Oakton, Virginia

Springfield, Virginia

Alderwood Manor, Washington

Brier, Washington

East Port Orchard, Washington

Kalama, Washington

Kent, Washington

Parkwood, Washington

Port Orchard, Washington

Stanwood, Washington

Twisp, Washington

Ellsworth, Wisconsin

River Falls, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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.


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

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


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.


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.


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".


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.


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.