Growing Ligularia

Growing Ligularia

Rocket Ligularia

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Hardy perennial with a clump-forming habit, attractive leaves with a tropical appearance, and tall spikes of daisy-like flowers in summer. Hardy in zones 4 to 8. A good plant for planting near ponds or water features and in rain gardens. Plant bare root Ligularia outdoors in spring 4 to 8 weeks before the last frost. Prepare a hole large enough to fit all the roots without bending and mix in compost or other organic matter. Keep bare root plants out of sunlight in a cool place until planted. Roots can be hydrated by soaking in water for a few hours before planting. Plant with the crown ½ to 1 inch below the soil surface. 

Maintenance

For part to full shade in moist to wet soil rich in organic matter. Tolerates heavy clay soils. Benefits from mulching, especially in hot climates. Remove faded flower stems to keep plants attractive and vigorous.

Fertilizer Recommendations

Use full rates of Algoflash Flowering Plant 4-6-7 Liquid Fertilizer (51087), Neptune Fish & Seaweed Fertilizer 2-3-1 (51221), or Osmocote 14-14-14 (51173).

Alternative Products

Other hardy perennials for moist to wet sites include Baby Joe Eupatorium (11662), Cardinal Lobelia (13092), and Hibiscus.

Complimentary Products

Combines well with shade-tolerant foliage plants like Ferns, Heucherella, and Hosta.

Ligularia Facts

Usually not affected by pests or diseases. Slugs, snails, and Japanese beetles sometimes feed on the leaves. Rocket Ligularia (13050) is a hybrid between two species and was a top performer in trials at the Chicago Botanic Garden.  

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