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Ligularia dentata 'King Kong'

Bigleaf Ligularia

Plant Type: Perennial

This part-shade loving perennial has the same dark foliage that gardeners have long admired in ‘Britt-Marie Crawford’, but with leaves nearly twice as big at 16” across. The newest leaves are glossy and black-purple—as the summer progresses the leaves mellow to burgundy purple with a semi-glossy finish. Leaves are thick and leathery, with an undulating leaf edge. This vigorous plant comes in slightly taller than ‘Britt-Marie Crawford’ due to its larger leaves, topping around 3-3.5 feet in our trials. Golden orange, daisy-like flowers top the plant on purple stems in midsummer, extending the height of the plant to 4 feet. Like most slow-growing Ligularia, this plant will take a few growing seasons to reach its mature height. Leaves are greener in full shade—plant in a site with morning sun for best purple color.


Height

3-4'

Spread

3-3.5'

USDA Hardiness Zone: Zone 4 (-30/-20F)

Bigleaf Ligularia Characteristics & Attributes

Soil Moisture Needs

High or consistent soil moisture.

Moderate
Moist