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LIGULARIA - ‘Bottle Rocket’ / bigleaf ligularia

    LIGULARIA - ‘Bottle Rocket’ / bigleaf ligularia


    Ligularia ‘Bottle Rocket’ is a striking perennial that is known for its bright green foliage and yellow flowers. This variety of leopard plant blooms prolifically from late summer into early autumn, adding a unique and eye-catching element to any garden space.

    Plant Characteristics

    • Height: 60-90 cm
    • Spread: 30-45cm
    • Flower color: Bright yellow ray petals with dark centres
    • Flowering period: Late summer to early fall
    • Foliage : Bright green leaves with purple undersides
    • Sunlight requirements : Shade or partial shade
    • Soil requirements : Well drained, slightly acidic soil with average fertility
    • Hardiness : Zones 4 - 1


    Ligularia ‘Bottle Rocket’ is an excellent choice for bringing a bold punch of color into any garden space . Here are some ideas on how you can use this plant in your garden :

    • Borders & edging : The bushy growth habit of this variety of leopard plant makes it ideal for creating borders and edging in your landscape.

    • Mass planting & ground covers : Planting in large groups or drifts can create a show stopping swath of bright yellow blooms that will bring life to your garden all season long. When planted together with other tall varieties , it also works perfectly as a ground cover.

    • Garden containers : The compact size of ' Bottle Rocket' makes it perfect for container gardens and can add beauty to balconies, patios or porches.

    • Cutting gardens : This plant is an excellent choice for cutting gardens due to its stunning yellow blooms which make beautiful bouquets when cut fresh from the garden. 

    Companion Plants

    Here are three companion plants that look good with Ligularia ‘Bottle Rocket':

    1. Solomon's Seal ( Polygonatum biflorum )​ ​​​​​​: Solomon's Seal has bell shaped white flowers on arching stems with oval light green leaves which bloom during mid spring until early summer . It requires similar growing conditions as leopard plants , making it another great companion plant . The contrasting colors between Solomon's Seal's creamy whites hues and ' Bottle Rocket’s vivid yellows give great visual interest in your garden !

    2. Japanese Painted Fern ( Athyrium niponicum )​ ​​​​​​: Japanese Painted Fern has attractive two toned foliage of deep greyish greens and silvery grays which persists throughout the year . Like leopard plants most painted ferns prefer well drained soils so they make great companions! The subtle greys blended with bright yellows tones from ‘ Bottle Rockets’ blooms provide an interesting contrast within the bed or border.

    3. Coral Bells ( Heuchera sanguinea )​ ​​​​​​​​: Coral Bells has clusters of small bell shaped red flowers which bloom abundantly during late spring into early summer . It needs similar growing conditions as leopard plants , making it another excellent companion plant . When planted side by side , the vibrant red shades set off the brilliant yellows shades of 'Bottle Rockets' blooms brilliantly! 

    In summary , Ligularia ‘Bottle Rocket' is an excellent choice for bringing vibrancy and life into any shaded area throughout late summer until early fall . When planted along complementary companion plants such as Solomon's Seal, Japanese Painted Fern, and Coral Bells, it will truly shine!