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Farfugium japonicum - (L.)Kitam.

Common Name Leopard Plant
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness 6-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Rocky cliffs near sea shores[58, 275]. In the long grass of streamside meadows[200]. Lower elevational forests, grassy slopes and valleys in China[266].
Range E. Asia - C. and S. Japan.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Frost Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Farfugium japonicum Leopard Plant


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Farfugium japonicum Leopard Plant

 

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Summary

Bloom Color: Yellow. Main Bloom Time: Early fall, Late summer. Form: Upright or erect.


Physical Characteristics

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Farfugium japonicum is an evergreen Perennial growing to 0.8 m (2ft 7in) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8. It is in leaf all year, in flower from November to December. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
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.

Synonyms

Ligularia kaempferi. (DC.)Sieb.&Zucc. L. tussilaginea. (Burm.)Makino. Senecio kaempferi. DC. Tuss

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Stem.
Edible Uses:

Leaf stems - cooked[46, 61, 177]. The leaf stems are boiled in water to remove a bitter taste, the outer peel is removed and they are then added to salads, soups etc[183].

Medicinal Uses



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Antidote;  Poultice.

The leaves are antidote[218]. They are taken internally to treat fish poisoning and externally to treat lacquer poisoning[218]. They are also applied to suppurating abscesses and pox[218].

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Landscape Uses:Border, Foundation, Massing, Specimen, Woodland garden. Prefers a deep moist fertile humus-rich soil[200]. Requires a sheltered position[166]. Plants often wilt on bright sunny days if they are growing in a sunny position[200]. This species is not very hardy, tolerating temperatures down to between -5 to -10°c[200] and succeeding outdoors in a woodland garden in the milder areas of Britain[166]. A good plant for growing in a window[1]. There is possibly some confusion, in the references quoted, between this species and Ligularia japonica[K]. Special Features: Attractive foliage, Attracts butterflies.

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division in spring.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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(L.)Kitam.

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