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‘Aureomaculatum’ leopard plant

Farfugium japonicum 'Aureomaculatum'

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Green-and-yellow mottled, shiny, kidney-shaped leaves distinguish this evergreen perennial native to streamsides and seashores in East Asia. The large, leathery leaves can reach a foot across. The yellow flowers bloom in fall and winter, but they are small and secondary to the foliage. Farfugium are nice at waterside, as a groundcover, in a border, or in containers.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsLarge, mottled, shiny leaves. Evergreen.

CarePlant in fertile, moist but well-drained soil in partial shade. Where temperatures drop below 23°F, mulch in winter. Shelter from cold, drying winds.

PropagationDivide in spring.


  • Genus : Farfugium
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 7, 8
  • Uses : Containers, Ground Covers
  • Bloom Time : Fall, Winter
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Light : Partial Shade
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
  • Flower Color : Yellow

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