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Plant Profile: Leopard’s Bane (Doronicum caucasicum/D. orientale)

Doronicum caucasicumThe profusion of bright yellow, daisy-like flowers of this short-lived herbaceous perennial are welcome in spring. The flowers are one to two inches across, solitary, and borne above a clump of bright green, triangular or heart-shaped leaves. The plants languish in heat and humidity so are not good garden plants for the South. Even in the North the plants tend to go dormant by mid-summer so other annuals or perennials must be arranged to cover up the bare spots. Roots need even moisture even when dormant and should be kept cool with mulch. Divide plants every 2-3 years to keep them vigorous. All parts of the plant are poisonous. Cultivars are available that differ in height, flower size, and color.

Type: Herbaceous perennial

Bloom: Daisy-like yellow flowers, one-two inches across in spring

Size: 1-2’ H x 1’ W

Light: Full sun to part shade

Soil: Fertile, evenly moist, well-drained

Hardiness: Zones 4-7

Care: Mulch to keep roots cool in summer

Pests and Diseases: None of significance

Propagation: Seed, division in spring

Companion Plants: Spring bulbs especially Narcissus, tulips, scilla; Campanula glomerata, Brunnera, Phlox divaricata, Phlox subulata ‘Atropurpurea’, Mertensia virginica, Pulmonaria

Outstanding Selections:

    ‘Magnificum’ ( 2-2.5” H)
    ‘Spring Beauty’ (large double flowers, 12” H)

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