Wilson's Ligularia Ligularia wilsoniana

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Hard-care
Wilson's leopard plant


Ligularia wilsoniana, commonly known as Wilson's Ligularia, has a distinctive and attractive appearance characterized by its broad, heart-shaped leaves. These leaves are typically a deep green color, which can provide a lush, textured backdrop in a garden setting. The foliage often has a slightly serrated edge, giving it a subtly rugged look. One of the most striking features of Wilson's Ligularia is its flowers. They emerge on tall, upright stems that stand above the foliage. The blossoms themselves are bright yellow, forming in clusters that resemble spikes or elongated plumes. This vibrant floral display can add a pop of color to any landscape and often attracts pollinators such as bees and butterflies. Overall, Wilson's Ligularia carries a sense of drama and tropical flair, with its large leaves and eye-catching flowers creating a focal point wherever it grows. Despite its robust appearance, it generally prefers a shaded or partially shaded location to maintain its vibrant colors and avoid wilting, making it a popular choice for woodland gardens or shaded borders.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Wilson's Ligularia, Wilson's Leopard Plant

    • Common names

      Senecillis wilsoniana, Ligularia wilsoniana var. wilsoniana, Senecio wilsonianus.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The Ligularia wilsoniana, commonly known as Wilson's Ligularia, has not been widely reported to be toxic to humans. There is no well-documented evidence of toxicity or symptoms of poisoning from ingesting this plant in the available literature as of my last update. However, as with any plant, individual allergic reactions or sensitivities may occur, and it is generally advisable to avoid ingesting plants that are not specifically known to be edible.

    • To pets

      Wilson's Ligularia is not commonly listed as toxic to pets such as dogs and cats. However, the general lack of detailed information on the plant's toxicity means that caution should be exercised. If a pet were to ingest a significant quantity of this plant, it would be wise to monitor the animal for any signs of gastrointestinal upset or other changes in behavior and consult with a veterinarian if any adverse symptoms are observed.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      3-4 feet (0.9-1.2 meters)

    • Spread

      2-3 feet (0.6-0.9 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Ornamental Appeal: Ligularia wilsoniana, also known as Wilson's Ligularia, features striking foliage and bright, daisy-like flowers that add aesthetic value to gardens and landscapes.
    • Shade Tolerance: It thrives in partially shaded areas, making it an excellent choice for garden spots that receive limited sunlight.
    • Moisture Loving: Wilson's Ligularia prefers damp conditions, making it suitable for planting near water features or in naturally moist garden areas.
    • Pest Resistance: The plant is generally resistant to pests, reducing the need for chemical treatments.
    • Attracts Pollinators: The bright flowers of Wilson's Ligularia attract bees and butterflies, which are beneficial for pollination of nearby plants.
    • Easy to Grow: This plant is known for being hardy and low-maintenance, requiring minimal care once established in the right conditions.
    • Seasonal Interest: With its late summer blooms, Wilson's Ligularia provides visual interest during a time when many other plants have finished flowering.
    • Diversity in Garden Design: The unique appearance of L. wilsoniana can be used to create varied texture and form in garden designs.
    • Soil Erosion Control: The dense foliage and root system can help stabilize soil in areas prone to erosion.
    • Wildlife Habitat: It offers shelter and foraging options for various small wildlife, contributing to biodiversity.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Ligularia wilsoniana, also known as Wilson's Ligularia, has large leaves that are sometimes used by gardeners or florists as natural, biodegradable ‘dishes’ or 'trays' for presenting garden-fresh fruits and vegetables.
    • The thick roots of Wilson's Ligularia can be cut into shapes and dried to create natural art pieces or sculpture elements for garden displays.
    • The vibrant yellow flowers can be used as a natural dye source for fabrics, yielding shades of yellow and green depending on the mordant used.
    • Some enthusiasts of miniature landscapes use the leaves of Wilson's Ligularia to simulate trees or large plants in model sceneries due to their scale and texture.
    • The tall and sturdy flower stalks can be repurposed as natural stakes or supports for other plants in the garden.
    • Florists may use the dried seeds heads in floral arrangements for their interesting structure and form.
    • Creative gardeners can use the large, heart-shaped leaves as natural molds for stepping stones or garden path tiles.
    • The large foliage of Wilson's Ligularia can be used in backyard ponds as temporary shelter or hiding spots for small fish or amphibians.
    • Leaves of the Wilson's Ligularia can serve as canvases for eco-printing, a technique where leaves and flowers are used to create prints on fabric or paper.
    • In outdoor education, the plant can be used to demonstrate the importance of boggy and wetland areas by serving as an example of species growing in such environments.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The plant Ligularia is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The plant Ligularia is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Resilience: Ligularia wilsoniana, commonly known as Wilson's Ligularia, often grows in challenging environments, such as near stream banks and in shade, symbolizing the ability to thrive in difficult situations.
    • Adaptability: With its ability to adapt to various soil types, Wilson's Ligularia represents flexibility and the ease of adjusting to changing conditions.
    • Transformation: The plant undergoes a striking transformation when it blooms, representing personal growth and the beauty of change.
    • Attention-Grabbing: Its large, bright yellow flowers make it a focal point in gardens, symbolizing the idea of standing out and being noticed in a crowd.

Every 3-7 days
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring to Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Wilson's Ligularia requires consistent moisture and should be watered deeply once or twice a week depending on the weather conditions, with an increase in frequency during hot or dry periods. The soil should not be allowed to dry out completely between waterings. Typically, Wilson's Ligularia needs about 1 gallon of water for smaller plants and up to 2.5 gallons for larger mature specimens each time you water to ensure the soil is thoroughly moistened.

  • sunLight

    Wilson's Ligularia thrives in partial to full shade and should be situated in a location that is protected from the harsh afternoon sun. A spot under a canopy of trees or on the north side of a building is ideal to provide the filtered light or gentle morning sun that this plant prefers.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Wilson's Ligularia does best in cool to moderate temperatures and can survive in temperatures as low as 30 degrees Fahrenheit and as high as 75 degrees Fahrenheit. The ideal conditions for Wilson's Ligularia would be a temperature range between 50 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit to flourish.

  • scissorsPruning

    Wilson's Ligularia should be pruned to remove spent flowers and dead or damaged leaves, which encourages new growth and maintains a tidy appearance. Pruning is best done after flowering or in early spring. Regularly removing dead leaves also helps prevent disease.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Wilson's Ligularia thrives in a rich, moist, and well-drained soil mixture with a pH range of 5.5 to 7. The best mix for this plant would be loamy soil with added organic matter, such as compost or well-rotted manure, to retain moisture. Aiming for a soil composition that is akin to that found in a woodland setting would be ideal.

  • plantRepotting

    Wilson's Ligularia should be repotted every 2 to 3 years as it prefers room to grow. Repotting should be done in the spring before the growing season starts, allowing the plant to settle into its new container and soil mixture.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Wilson's Ligularia requires high humidity to thrive, ideally above 60%. This mimics its natural environment, which is typically near streams or in damp, shady woodland areas. To maintain these humidity levels, especially indoors, regular misting or a humidifier may be necessary.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place Wilson's Ligularia in bright, indirect light and keep soil consistently moist.

    • Outdoor

      Plant Wilson's Ligularia in shade and keep soil moist; mulch to retain moisture.

    • Hardiness zone

      4-8 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Ligularia wilsoniana, commonly known as Wilson's Ligularia, begins its life cycle as a seed, which, when sown, germinates in moist soil conditions, typically in spring. Upon germination, the seedling emerges, developing into a rosette of large, heart-shaped leaves. Over time, the plant establishes a strong root system and grows larger, with mature plants reaching up to 90-150 cm in height. During the summer months, Wilson's Ligularia produces tall flower spikes bearing bright, daisy-like yellow flowers that attract pollinators. After flowering, seeds form and are dispersed, completing the reproductive cycle. In winter, the plant may die back to the ground, with its root system remaining dormant until the return of favorable conditions in spring.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring to Summer

    • The most popular method of propagating Ligularia wilsoniana, commonly known as Wilson's Ligularia, is by division. This is typically done in either spring or autumn when the plant is not in active bloom. To propagate by division, carefully dig up the plant ensuring you get a good amount of the root system. Gently separate the plant into smaller sections, making sure each new section has at least one growth bud. Replant the divisions at the same soil depth they were growing at previously, spacing them about 18 inches (approximately 46 centimeters) apart to allow for growth. Water the new divisions well to help establish them. Division is a straightforward way to create new plants that will be true to the parent and is especially useful for maintaining the vigor of your Ligularia wilsoniana.