Farfugium japonicum var. giganteum 'Marco'
Marco's Giant Leopard Plant
Item #: 2743
Zones: 7b to 10b
Height: 20" tall
Culture: Sun to Part Sun
Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L) ?
(aka: Ligularia tussilaginea 'Gigantea', Farfugium reniforme) We have recently discovered that "giganteum" is actually a naturally-occurring endemic variety (Okuno 2010) of Farfugium japonicum, native to Japan's southern Ryukyu Islands, so we've altered the name a bit and added a proper cultivar to honor garden designer Marco Stufano who first brought it to the US. Farfugium japonicum var. giganteum 'Marco' is a selected clone of the giant form with leaves to nearly 15" across and so thick and glossy they don't seem real. Each attention-drawing 30" wide clump is topped in late October with 4' tall stalks of bright yellow daisies...a nice complement to the leaves. Interestingly, Farfugium 'Marco' does not like all day shade, but instead prefers at least a couple of hours of sun (unless you live in the desert Southwest) along with a slightly moist but well-drained soil. It is also a great centerpiece for a dynamic container planting in colder regions!