Plant Type: Perennials
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 ColorGolden yellow
Foliage ColorBeet-red turning greenish-bronze on top and purple on the undersides
Plant Spread2-3 ft.
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)
Plant Height3-4 ft.
Soil MoistureConsistent water needs
Characteristics & Attributes
Container , Cut flower, Border, Specimen, Pond Edge, Bog Garden
Bloom TimeLate summer
Critter ResistanceDeer resistant