Ragwort (Ligularia) - care

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Characteristics for care

  • Type / Family: Perennial. Belongs to the Compositae (Asteraceae)
  • Care: Low. Undemanding
  • Flowering period: July to September with mostly upright-growing flower candles consisting of a variety of smaller flowers in mostly yellow but also orange-red
  • Foliage: Large palmate or heart-shaped leaves in green or brown-red, even without flower very decorative
  • Growth: bushy horstiger growth. From the leaf rosette single thick flower stalks protrude with the pyramid-like inflorescences
  • Height / Width: Depending on the variety 80 to 200cm high and just as wide
  • Environment: Partsch shady, tolerates sunny weather with sufficient soil moisture. Preferably on the edge of the pond. Nutrient and humus rich, deep and moist soil
  • Planting time: Can be sown in spring
  • Cut: cut back near the end of the winter
  • Partners: Meadowsweet, Daylily, Waterweed, Willow, Sedge, Siberian Iris, Shore Sedge
  • Propagation: division in the spring. Multiplies by rampaging alone when she feels comfortable. Offspring plants can then be separated with the spade and used elsewhere
  • Care: Soil should not dry out. Fall leaves are, is processed by soil organisms to humus. Then no fertilization necessary
  • Wintering: Winter hardy
  • Does not tolerate dryness or high heat
  • Some species like to be haunted by snails
  • Tends at suitable location to proliferate

  • 'Desdemona: Ligularia dentata. Flowers in reddish-orange. Is particularly noticeable by brownish-purple leaves
  • 'Summer Gold: Ligularia dentata. Blooms with bright yellow ray blossoms. Green stocky foliage
  • 'The Rocket: height 180cm. Hybrid variety with showy black-tinted flower spikesLigularia bockii - dark yellow flowering, strongly growing, flowering: July / August, grows to 180 cm tall
  • Ligularia tangutica - yellow flower spikes, flower in September / October, very large pinnate leaves, pretty seeds
  • Ligularia wilsoniana - yellow flower spikes, which are pyramid-shaped, flowering from July to September, very pretty seeds
  • Ligularia hessei - pale yellow flowers in flask-like inflorescences, grows to a height of 180 cm, flowers in July / August, likes very moist soil
Also known as geyser, Japanese gold or league. Originally from China and Japan. Flowers are very popular with bees, bumblebees and especially butterflies. Belongs to the same kind as the gold piston.
  • Ligularia dentata - remaining small
  • Ligularia przewalskii - height up to 180cm. Forms strictly upright large flower candles and has large hand-shaped indented leaves
  • Ligularia veitchiana - Decorates with strictly upright pyramid-like inflorescences in bright yellow and large long-stemmed leaves. Especially popular with insects. Also appreciated by snails
The ragwort is a beautiful plant for the perennial border. However, she likes it damp and half-assed. Only when the soil is very moist, the ragwort tolerates more sun. There are about 180 ragwort species. Many are very easy-care and undemanding. However, you have to be careful. Some species are spreading quite fast.
If the ragwort is too dry, the plant quickly leaves the leaves hanging. However, it recovers quickly, if it does not become permanent. The more water the ragwort gets, the bigger the plant becomes.
The ragwort is often visited by snails. Some species are less affected, e.g. Ligularia przewalski.
The ragweed (Ligularia) has nothing to do with the plant genus Greiskräuter (Senecio), which is also called ragweed. These contain pyrrolizidine alkaloids, which are largely liver damaging and carcinogenic.

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