leopard plant

Fact sheet: Leopard Plant

 

Scientific name: Farfugium japonicum

When fall arrives, leopard plant really begins to shine. This shade-tolerant groundcover blooms in autumn and early winter, sending up airy clusters of small, daisy-like yellow flowers that hover over its glossy foliage.

The kidney-shaped leaves have a leathery look. One cultivar, ‘Giganteum’, produces leaves that can reach 15″ across.

Leopard plant gets its name from the spotted yellow or white patterns found on the leaves of some cultivars. Solid green, variegated and crinkled forms also exist.

Leopard plant does best when planted in partial shade in moist, enriched soil. This spreading perennial grows in clumps that can be divided in spring, making it a great plant to pass along to other garden lovers.

Growth Habit: Perennial
Height: 2 feet
Zones: 7 to 10
Light: Shade
Bloom: Yellow; fall, winter
Family: Lamiaceae
Comments: Some cultivars have variegated leaves or curly leaf margins. Prefers moist, rich soil.
Location: Perennial Garden

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