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Silver Leopard Plant

Farfugium japonicum 'Argenteum'

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Silver Leopard Plant (Farfugium japonicum 'Argenteum') at Homestead Gardens

Silver Leopard Plant foliage

Silver Leopard Plant foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Silver Leopard Plant (Farfugium japonicum 'Argenteum') at Homestead Gardens

Silver Leopard Plant flowers

Silver Leopard Plant flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  24 inches

Spread:  24 inches

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  6b

Other Names:  Japanese Ligularia


Attractive, rounded green foliage with white variegation forms a neat mound; yellow daisy-like flowers in clusters, atop stalks level with the foliage; a great accent in shade gardens, works well in containers

Ornamental Features

Silver Leopard Plant features showy clusters of yellow daisy flowers held atop the stems from early to mid fall. Its attractive glossy round leaves remain dark green in color with showy white variegation and tinges of bluish-green throughout the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Silver Leopard Plant is an herbaceous evergreen perennial with a mounded form. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other garden plants with finer foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Silver Leopard Plant is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Silver Leopard Plant will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Silver Leopard Plant is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It can be used either as 'filler' or as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, depending on the height and form of the other plants used in the container planting. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Massing  Garden  Container 
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture 
Ornamental Features