Farfugium japonicum ‘Gigantea’
The Giant Leopard plant is tall and handsome, with round and shiny leaves. Within it grows individual 3 to 4 foot stalks, with daisy-like yellow flowers blooming at the end of the stems. Being a perennial plant that needs shade, I placed it in a gorgeous red glazed pot – under our big oak tree. It looks stunning, and provides much interest in this shadowy part of our yard.
I stumbled across this plant by accident at our local nursery. I was looking for plants that thrived in the shade, and the Giant Leopard Plant suited my needs perfectly. I have quite a few shade-loving plants (like ferns, etc.) already in our landscape – but this year I wanted to add something different. If you have a dark and shaded area in your yard, you might want to consider giving the Giant Leopard Plant a try. I also found inspiration in this book, Making the Most of Shade, by Larry Hodgson. He proves, only too well, that having a shaded yard does not have to be boring and colorless.
USDA Hardiness Zone: 7 – 10
Water: They like moist soil, on a consistent basis.
Light: They need full to partial shade.
Size: Will grow about 3-4 feet tall, up to 3 feet wide.