Farfugium japonicum var. giganteum

(Giant Leopard Plant)


Hardiness Zones:

 10a  10b  7a  7b  8a  8b  9a  9b

Quick Overview:

Farfugium japonicum is a clump-forming perennial that is grown in gardens as much for its attractive foliage as for its autumn flowers. It is native to moist meadows and stream banks in Japan and eastern Asia. Its best ornamental feature may be the foliage which consists of huge, long-stalked, glossy, leathery, kidney-shaped, dark green leaves (12” or more across) that form a basal clump to 2’ tall. Leaves are evergreen in warm winter climates, but will die to the ground when temperatures fall to 20 degrees F. Daisy-like, yellow flowers (1-2” across) bloom  atop thick, mostly leafless stalks that rise above the foliage to 30” in late summer to fall.  Var. giganteum is very similar to the species except its leaves are larger (to 18” across).

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In areas where plants are winter hardy, they are best grown in humusy, organically rich, medium moisture soils in part shade to full shade. They prefer moist soils that never dry out, but tolerate less moisture than many of the related Ligularias. Plants generally benefit from regular, deep watering in hot summers.

Additional information

Common Name

Giant Leopard Plant

Botanical Name

Farfugium japonicum var. giganteum


1 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous


Hardiness Zone

10a, 10b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Growth Rate


Light Requirements

Part-shade, Part-sun


2 ft.


2-3 ft.

Soil Condition

Well-drained, Well-drained to wet

Water Needs

Average to moist

Blooming Period


Flower Color




Foliage Color


Deer Resistant


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