Ligularia Desdemona

Ligularia dentata 'Desdemona'

Ligularia Desdemona
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One of the most popular cultivars of Ligularia! The most striking feature of 'Desdemona' is the foliage. In spring, the new leaves emerge beet-red, fade to greenish-bronze on top, and remain purple on the undersides. The stems are even purple too! In late summer, golden yellow, daisy-like flowers are produced just above the compact mound of foliage.

Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Ligularia's are at their best when grown in cool, moist locations in part shade. Protection from the hot, afternoon sun in the south is essential to prevent wilting. They are a natural for the pond side where there is a constant supply of moisture, though they do require good drainage.

Flower Color

Golden yellow

Foliage Color

Beet-red turning greenish-bronze on top and purple on the undersides

Plant Spread

2-3 ft.

Plant Height

3-4 ft.

Hardness Zone


Good Companions

Aster-New England (Aster novae-angliae), Bee Balm (Monarda ), Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis), Grass-Ornamental (Acorus gramineus), Hosta (Hosta ), Loosestrife-Variegated Yellow (Lysimachia punctata), Turtlehead-Pink (Chelone lyonii)

Characteristics & Attributes


Cut flower
Pond Edge
Bog Garden

Bloom Time

Late summer

Critter Resistance

Deer resistant


Part shade

Growth Rate


Seasonal Interests

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