• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous 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

Doronicum austriacum

Austrian leopard's bane

Austrian leopard's bane

© Dorling Kindersley Ltd

  • Other common names Austrian leopard's bane

  • Family Asteraceae

  • Genus Doronicum are rhizomatous or tuberous-rooted herbaceous perennials with heart-shaped basal leaves and bright yellow daisy-like flower-heads

  • Details D. austriacum is a clump-forming perennial to 120cm, producing basal leaves 13cm long at or just after flowering. The stem leaves are smaller, and the yellow flowers, produced in small clusters in late spring and early summer, are about 5cm across

  • Plant range C & S Europe

Characteristics

  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Clump-forming

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)

    H5

Colour

Sunlight

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect East-facing or North-facing or West-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered

Soil

  • Sand

    Sand

  • Loam

    Loam

  • Clay

    Clay

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • MoistureMoist but well-drained

  • SoilSand, Loam, Clay, Chalk

  • pHAcid, Neutral, Alkaline

Size

  • Ultimate height 1-1.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread 1-1.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 2-5 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in moist, humus-rich soil in partial shade

Propagation Propagate by division in early autumn or propagate by seed in containers in a cold frame in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds Cut Flowers Low Maintenance Cottage & Informal Garden Wildlife Gardens

How to care

Pruning Deadhead flowers for a second flush of blooms

Pests Generally pest free but leaf and bud eelworm may be troublesome

Diseases May be affected by a leaf spot, root rot and powdery mildews

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