LIGULARIA dentata 'Midnight Lady'

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LIGULARIA dentata 'Midnight Lady'

Big Leaf Ligularia, Golden Groundsel, Leopard Plant, Summer Ragwort
Select Item No. LA202

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One Portion is usually sufficient for approx. 50 plants.
Please switch to gram for larger quantities.



Plant Description

Life Cycle: Perennial
Family: Asteraceae
Origin: Cultivar; the wild species grows in China and Japan.
Special Features: An exquisite contrast between the large, decorative, dark purple foliage and husky orange-yellow rayflowers on dark sturdy stems. Bold groupings of 6 and more are eye-catching. Easy from seed. Full sun in cool summer climates to semi-shade elsewhere.
Historical: Introduced by JELITTO PERENNIAL SEEDS in 2008. Christian Kress, now of Sarastro Nursery in Austria, selected a seedling with dark, sturdy stems and rich, dark colored foliage (nearly black-purple in spring) with a habit that was a bit shorter and more compact. This handsome seedling became the basis for Jelitto's breeding.
 
Basic Colour: (yellow / gold)
Flower Colour: golden
Natural Flowering Period: July - September
 
Winter Hardiness Zones: Z3 - Z8
Foliage: purple-bronze, stays colored during summer, nearly black-purple in spring
Growth Habit: clumping
Height with Flowers: 100 cm
Spacing between Plants: 75 cm
Soil Requirements: moist / humus rich, fertile
Location:
Characteristics: ornamental foliage plant
Usage: suitable for cutting
Grams per 1000 seeds: 11.11111 Gram
Seeds per Gram
(does not correspond to the number of plants!):
90
Gram to get 1000 plants
(if sown directly into pots etc. you will need a larger quantity):
30 Gram
Sowing Rates/Trays: 3 per cell
Plug tray recommended size(s): 72 / 128
Sowing Direction:

(16) See 15 with the exception of germination being slower and more irregular. This poses no problems.

(15) Rapidly germinating, keep seed in constant moisture (not wet) with temperatures of about +20°C [68°F]. Seeds must be covered thinly. Do not cover very small seeds, but tightly press into the earth. Keep in cooler conditions after germination occurs.

Best Sowing Date
(northern Hemisphere, Field condition):
Anytime
Sowing to Germination: 2 - 3 weeks
Germination to Transplant: 4 - 6 weeks
Transplanting to Potting: 6 - 8 weeks
Cutting back at Transplanting: Cut-back once to keep more compact.
Container Size(s): 1-2 plugs per 11/12 cm (4 1/2") / 2-3 plugs per 15 cm (6")
Vernalization: There is no current research on vernalization but a prudent recommendation for any perennial would be 6-12 weeks (a few might need 15 weeks!) at an average daily temperature of 40°F (5°C). Exposure to cold may not be necessary for flowering but might improve quality.
Forcing: An obvious place to experiment - following vernalization - would be raising daytime temperatures to 60° - 65°F (15° - 17°C). Provide 16 hours of continuous lighting. During the short days of winter, provide a night interruption lighting of 4 hours between 10:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m.
Fertilizer: Medium (150-200 ppm)
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