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Tyneside Leopardplant

Ligularia przewalskii

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Plant Profile

Flowering Months:
Asteraceae (Daisy)
Also in this family:
Alpine Blue Sow-thistle, Alpine Cotula, Alpine Fleabane, Alpine Saw-wort, Annual Ragweed, Annual Sunflower, Argentine Fleabane, Autumn Hawkbit, Autumn Oxeye, Beaked Hawksbeard, Beggarticks, Bilbao Fleabane, Black Knapweed, Black-eyed Susan, Blanketflower, Blue Fleabane, Blue Globe-thistle, Bristly Oxtongue, Broad-leaved Cudweed, Broad-leaved Ragwort, Brown Knapweed, Butterbur, Buttonweed, Cabbage Thistle, Canadian Fleabane, Canadian Goldenrod, Carline Thistle, Chalk Knapweed, Chamois Ragwort, Changing Michaelmas Daisy, Chicory, Chinese Mugwort, Chinese Ragwort, Coltsfoot, Common Blue Sow-thistle, Common Cat's-ear, Common Cudweed, Common Daisy, Common Dandelion, Common Fleabane, Common Goldenrod, Common Groundsel, Common Michaelmas Daisy, Common Mugwort, Common Ragwort, Common Wormwood, Coneflower, Confused Michaelmas Daisy, Corn Chamomile, Corn Marigold, Cornflower, Cotton Thistle, Cottonweed, Creeping Thistle, Daisy Bush, Dwarf Cudweed, Dwarf Thistle, Early Goldenrod, Eastern Groundsel, Eastern Leopardsbane, Elecampane, English Hawkweed, Fen Ragwort, Feverfew, Field Fleawort, Field Wormwood, Fox and Cubs, French Tarragon, Gallant Soldier, Garden Lettuce, Giant Butterbur, Glabrous-headed Hawkweed, Glandular Globe-thistle, Glaucous Michaelmas Daisy, Globe Artichoke, Globe-thistle, Goat's Beard, Golden Ragwort, Golden Samphire, Goldilocks Aster, Grass-leaved Goldenrod, Great Lettuce, Greater Burdock, Greater Knapweed, Grey-headed Hawkweed, Guernsey Fleabane, Hairless Blue Sow-thistle, Hairless Leptinella, Hairy Michaelmas Daisy, Harpur Crewe's Leopardsbane, Hawkweed Oxtongue, Heath Cudweed, Heath Groundsel, Hemp Agrimony, Highland Cudweed, Hoary Mugwort, Hoary Ragwort, Hybrid Knapweed, Intermediate Burdock, Irish Fleabane, Jersey Cudweed, Jerusalem Artichoke, Lance-leaved Hawkweed, Lavender-cotton, Leafless Hawksbeard, Least Lettuce, Leopardplant, Leopardsbane, Leptinella, Lesser Burdock, Lesser Hawkbit, Lesser Sunflower, London Bur-marigold, Magellan Ragwort, Marsh Cudweed, Marsh Hawksbeard, Marsh Ragwort, Marsh Sow-thistle, Marsh Thistle, Meadow Thistle, Melancholy Thistle, Mexican Fleabane, Milk Thistle, Mountain Everlasting, Mouse-ear Hawkweed, Musk Thistle, Narrow-leaved Cudweed, Narrow-leaved Hawkweed, Narrow-leaved Michaelmas Daisy, Narrow-leaved Ragwort, New England Hawkweed, New Zealand Holly, Nipplewort, Nodding Bur-marigold, Northern Hawksbeard, Norwegian Mugwort, Oxeye Daisy, Oxford Ragwort, Pearly Everlasting, Perennial Cornflower, Perennial Ragweed, Perennial Sow-thistle, Perennial Sunflower, Pineapple Mayweed, Plantain-leaved Leopardsbane, Ploughman's Spikenard, Plymouth Thistle, Pontic Blue Sow-thistle, Pot Marigold, Prickly Lettuce, Prickly Sow-thistle, Purple Coltsfoot, Rayed Tansy, Red Star Thistle, Red-seeded Dandelion, Red-tipped Cudweed, Robin's Plantain, Roman Chamomile, Rough Cocklebur, Rough Hawkbit, Rough Hawksbeard, Russian Lettuce, Safflower, Salsify, Saw-wort, Scented Mayweed, Scentless Mayweed, Sea Aster, Sea Mayweed, Sea Wormwood, Seaside Daisy, Shaggy Mouse-ear Hawkweed, Shaggy Soldier, Shasta Daisy, Shetland Mouse-ear Hawkweed, Shrub Ragwort, Sicilian Chamomile, Silver Ragwort, Slender Mugwort, Slender Thistle, Small Cudweed, Small Fleabane, Smooth Cat's-ear, Smooth Hawksbeard, Smooth Sow-thistle, Sneezeweed, Sneezewort, Spear Thistle, Spotted Cat's-ear, Spotted Hawkweed, Sticky Groundsel, Stinking Chamomile, Stinking Hawksbeard, Tall Fleabane, Tall Mouse-ear Hawkweed, Tansy, Thin-leaved Sunflower, Trifid Bur-marigold, Tuberous Thistle, Viper's Grass, Wall Lettuce, Welsh Groundsel, Welted Thistle, White Butterbur, White Buttons, Willdenow's Leopardsbane, Winter Heliotrope, Wood Burdock, Wood Ragwort, Woody Fleabane, Woolly Thistle, Yarrow, Yellow Chamomile, Yellow Fox and Cubs, Yellow Oxeye, Yellow Star Thistle, Yellow Thistle, York Groundsel
Life Cycle:
Maximum Size:
120 centimetres tall
Bogs, cliffs, gardens, meadows, parks, riversides, rocky places, sea cliffs, seaside, wasteland, waterside, wetland, woodland.

Yellow, 5 petals
The inflorescence is a spike of many yellow flowers. Pollinated by insects.
The fruit is a cylindrical, hairless achene (seed).
A clump-forming perennial. The dark green leaves are palmate and have sharp, jagged lobes. The stems are black. Rarely found growing wild in the UK. Established by the River Tyne in Northumberland.
Other Names:
Przewalski's Golden Ray, Przewalski's Leopardplant, Przewalski's Ligularia.
Frequency (UK):
Rarely seen  

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Other Information


Ligularia przewalskii, also known as Przewalski's ligularia, is a species of perennial herbaceous plant in the Asteraceae family. It is native to China, it is named after the Russian explorer Nikolai Przewalski, who discovered the plant in the late 19th century. The plant has large, glossy, dark green leaves and produces spikes of yellow, daisy-like flowers in the summer. The flowers are held on tall stalks, usually upto about 1.2 meters tall. The leaves are large, toothed, and are often used as a foliage plant. It prefers moist, humus-rich soil, and shaded or partially shaded locations. It is often used in perennial borders, woodland gardens, and water gardens. It is also used as a cut flower and in dried flower arrangements. This species is known for its large and showy leaves and its tolerance for wet soil conditions making it suitable for planting in bog gardens or near water features.


The Tyneside Leopardplant, scientifically known as Ligularia przewalskii, is a stunning perennial plant native to the mountains of central China. This plant is a member of the Asteraceae family, which includes daisies and sunflowers, and is known for its beautiful, bright yellow-orange flowers and large, round leaves.

Ligularia przewalskii is a hardy plant that can grow up to 1.2 meters tall and wide. It prefers a moist, well-drained soil and partial to full shade, making it an excellent choice for gardens that receive limited sunlight. The plant's large, rounded leaves can reach up to 30cm in diameter and have a deep green color with a slightly velvety texture.

One of the most striking features of the Tyneside Leopardplant is its vibrant flowers. The plant produces tall spikes of bright yellow-orange flowers that bloom in mid-summer and can last for several weeks. The flowers are daisy-like with ray petals surrounding a dark center and can reach up to 10cm in diameter. These striking flowers are attractive to butterflies and other pollinators, making the plant an excellent addition to any pollinator-friendly garden.

Ligularia przewalskii is relatively low-maintenance, but it does require consistent watering, especially during dry spells. In addition to providing consistent moisture, gardeners should take care to protect the plant from slugs and snails, which are known to enjoy the plant's large, tender leaves.

One of the best things about the Tyneside Leopardplant is its versatility. It can be used in a variety of garden settings, including woodland gardens, shade gardens, and mixed borders. The plant also looks excellent planted near water features such as ponds or streams.

Ligularia przewalskii, also known as the Tyneside Leopardplant, is a stunning perennial plant that can add interest and beauty to any garden. With its large, velvety leaves and vibrant yellow-orange flowers, this plant is sure to catch the eye of any passerby. Whether planted in a woodland garden or near a water feature, the Tyneside Leopardplant is an excellent choice for gardeners looking to add a touch of drama and color to their outdoor space.

Ligularia przewalskii has a long and interesting history. It was first discovered in China in 1882 by the Polish botanist, Michal Bojko Przewalski, who named it after himself. The plant was introduced to the UK in the late 19th century, where it quickly gained popularity as a garden plant due to its striking appearance and ease of cultivation.

In addition to its ornamental value, Ligularia przewalskii has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. The plant's roots are believed to have medicinal properties, and have been used to treat a range of ailments, including fever, diarrhea, and inflammation.

Ligularia przewalskii is also known for its ability to purify the air. The plant has been shown to remove harmful pollutants, such as benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene, from the air, making it an excellent choice for indoor spaces.

If you're thinking of adding Ligularia przewalskii to your garden, there are a few things to keep in mind. The plant prefers a consistently moist soil, so be sure to water it regularly, especially during hot, dry weather. It also benefits from a layer of mulch around the base of the plant to help retain moisture and keep the roots cool.

In terms of propagation, Ligularia przewalskii can be grown from seed or by division. The best time to divide the plant is in the spring, just as new growth begins to emerge. Simply dig up the plant and separate the root clumps, replanting each division in a new location.

There are several cultivars of Ligularia przewalskii available that vary in leaf color and size, as well as flower color. For example, 'Desdemona' has purple-black leaves with a slightly different flower color, while 'The Rocket' has taller flower spikes that can reach up to 2 meters in height.

Another interesting feature of Ligularia przewalskii is that it can be grown as a pond plant. The plant prefers moist soil, so it can be planted in the shallow edges of a pond or in a bog garden. This can create a stunning effect, with the large leaves and bright flowers reflecting off the water's surface.

It's also worth noting that Ligularia przewalskii is deer-resistant, making it an excellent choice for gardens in areas with high deer populations. The plant's large, tough leaves are not typically attractive to deer, making it less likely to be eaten by these animals.

One potential downside of Ligularia przewalskii is that it can be prone to powdery mildew, especially in humid conditions. This fungal disease can cause a white powdery coating to form on the plant's leaves, which can eventually lead to leaf drop. To prevent powdery mildew, it's important to provide good air circulation around the plant, as well as to water at the base of the plant and avoid wetting the leaves.

Overall, Ligularia przewalskii is a stunning and versatile plant that can bring color and interest to a variety of garden settings. Whether grown in a woodland garden, as a pond plant, or in a mixed border, this plant is sure to make a statement with its large leaves and vibrant flowers. With a few simple care tips, it's an excellent choice for any gardener looking to add a touch of drama to their outdoor space.