Ligularia 'GOLD TORCH'

Ligularia
Ligularia 'GOLD TORCH'
ligularia, leopard plant
SIZE/TYPE mid-sized perennial
USUAL HEIGHT 0.5-1m
USUAL WIDTH 0.4-0.6m
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS golden
BLOOMING TIME July - September
LOCATION full to partial sun
USDA zone (lowest) 4   (down to -34°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Perennials
Summer blooms
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Ligularia is probably too beautiful to worry about its common name. There are so many of them such as leopard plant, golden groundsel, rayflower, even tractor seat, and still mostly everybody call it ligularia. This variety is a hybrid of more species and although it is sometimes listed as l.intermedia, the scientific nomenclature does not accept its second name for it is a hybrid.

Gold Torch is what this ligularia variety is called and right it is. When in full bloom it glows like medieval torch lighting up old castles and dwellings. It produces up to 1m tall, purple-black, strong stems with spikes of golden yellow flowers. The leaves are large, kidney-shaped, red-veined, and serrated at margins. Their shape helps the plant grab most of rainwater towards its roots.

It is because ligularia loves moist and wet sites. Use it along river banks, at ponds and garden lakes, or grow it in a common border which will be regularly irrigated since the soil must never dry out. It likes medium fertile soil and full sun with some midday shade. Provide some protection from slugs and snails which love its newly emerging leaves. Fully hardy to about -34°C (USDA zone 4).

Last update 02-01-2013
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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