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Regional Picks: Bold Plants for Shade – Northeast

Fine Gardening - Issue 168

1. ‘Britt-Marie Crawford’ Ligularia

Name: Ligularia dentata ‘Britt-Marie Crawford’

USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 to 9

Size: 3 to 4 feet tall and wide

Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; consistently moist soil

Here is a plant with large glossy, dark chocolate-red leaves that hold their color all summer. The tops of the leaves are purple, too, unlike the older cultivars of L. dentata. It was originally found in Scotland by Britt-Marie Crawford in a patch of ‘Othello’ (Ligularia dentata ‘Othello’, Zones 3–9). Its bright, golden-orange flowers on dark stems create beautiful contrast in summer. This plant will grow in partial shade, or in full sun in our northern climate, but it appreciates a bit of afternoon shade. A rich soil will help it reach its full potential.


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