Leopard Plant (Ligularia)
Ligularia (leopard plant) is a genus of robust Old World herbaceous perennial plants in the groundsel tribe within the sunflower family. They have yellow or orange composite flower heads with brown or yellow central disc florets, and are native to damp habitats mostly in central and eastern Asia, with a few species from Europe. There are about 120 to 140 species in the genus, and over half are endemic to China. The name Ligularia, from the Latin for "strap", refers to the shape of the ray florets. Some species are cultivated as ornamentals. The cultivars ‘Britt Marie Crawford’ 'Gregynog Gold' and 'The Rocket' have gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.