• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigourous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Ligularia dentata 'Desdemona'

Leopard plant 'Desdemona'

Leopard plant 'Desdemona'

© � RHS 2002

  • Other common names Leopard plant 'Desdemona'

  • Genus Ligularia are robust herbaceous perennials, with large, often attractively lobed leaves and yellow or orange, daisy-like flower-heads in terminal racemes or branching clusters

  • Family Asteraceae / Asteraceae

  • Species 'Desdemona' is a robust herbaceous perennial to 1m in height, with large rounded bronze-tinted leaves, deep purple beneath. Orange daisies 10cm in width, are borne in flat-topped clusters in late summer and early autumn


  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Clump-forming



  • Full Sun

  • Aspect South-facing or West-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • MoisturePoorly-drained

  • SoilClay, Loam

  • pHNeutral, Acid, Alkaline


  • Ultimate height

    0.5-1 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    0.5-1 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    2-5 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in deep, fertile, reliably moist soil in full sun but with some shelter from midday sun. Protect from strong drying winds

Propagation Propagate by division in spring or after flowering

Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds Cottage & Informal Garden

How to care

Pruning Cut back after flowering

Pests May be damaged by slugs and snails

Diseases Generally disease free

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