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Ligularia stenocephala 'The Rocket' (Ligularia, elephant ear)

Ligularia stenocephala 'The Rocket' Photo/Illustration: David Cavagnaro

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Botanical Name: Ligularia stenocephala 'The Rocket' lig-yew-LAR-ee-ah sten-oh-SEF-ah-lah Common Name: Ligularia, elephant ear Genus: Ligularia
The aptly named ‘The Rocket’ is virtually indestructible if sited in damp shade. In spring, toothed green foliage unfurls to form an attractive mound. Flowering begins in midsummer when stalks packed with little buds rise up to 4 feet tall. Little golden daisies, opening from bottom to top, shoot upward like rockets to the sky.
Noteworthy characteristics: Grows very slowly. Has large leaves.
Care: Ligularias like partial shade and deep, fertile, damp soil. Don't let them dry out between waterings.
Propagation:

Divide clumps in spring or after flowering.


Problems:

 Slugs and snails.


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