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Doronicum pardalianches - L.

Common Name Great Leopard's Bane
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness 5-9
Known Hazards One report suggests that this plant may be poisonous[1].
Habitats Woods and plantations in Britain[17].
Range Europe. Naturalized in Britain[17].
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Weed Potential No
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Doronicum pardalianches Great Leopard


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Doronicum pardalianches Great Leopard
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Doronicum pardalianches is a PERENNIAL growing to 1 m (3ft 3in) by 1 m (3ft 3in) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 6. It is in flower from May to July. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Flies, beetles, Lepidoptera (Moths & Butterflies).
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

D. cordatum.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; Meadow;

Edible Uses

None known

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Medicinal Uses

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Cardiotonic  Nervine

The root is cardiotonic and nervine[61, 240]. It is useful in the treatment of melancholia, nervous depression and scorpion bites[240].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Thrives in sun or semi-shade in ordinary garden soil[1, 200]. Prefers a moist soil[187]. Requires some protection from the strongest sun in summer[200]. Succeeds in the shade of trees[200]. Plants spread freely at the roots[188]. Plants are hardy to at least -20°c[187]. This plant used to be commonly cultivated as a medicinal plant[17]. It has a somewhat invasive tuberous root system and will colonize thin woodland, it can also be grown in coarse grass that is cut annually in the autumn[233]. Plants in this genus seem to be immune to the predations of rabbits[233].

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Propagation

Seed - surface sow in a greenhouse from April to June and make sure the compost does not dry out[175]. A diurnal temperature difference is beneficial to germination[175]. The seed usually germinates in 10 - 20 days at 20°c[175]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division in autumn[200]. Very easy, larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring.

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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Readers comment

gem waite   Wed Jun 13 2007

I found it to germinate easly and supply many good, heathy seedlings.

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