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Golden Ray

Ligularia dentata 'Midnight Lady'

Large decorative dark purple glossy leaves sport golden daisy-like blooms on black stems.

Sometimes called Elephant Ears, this is a bold specimen perennial that needs a moist location. It forms a mound of large, rounded dark, shiny purple-black leaves. Taller stems appear in midsummer, bearing clusters of bright golden-orange daisy flowers. Superb for the back of the border, or at the waterside. An unusual centerpiece for a tub or large container. Both the flowers and leaves are great for cutting. Slugs can be troublesome. Clumps may be divided in the spring, every 3 to 4 years if desired. In warm summer regions plan to grow in this in at least afternoon shade. A 2008 introduction from Jelitto Seeds of Germany.

Characteristics:

Bloom Time:

Blooms mid to late summer

Mature Height:

35-39 Inches

Hardiness Zone:

3-9 Find your zone

Exposure:

Partial Sun,Full Shade

Features and Usage:

Greenhouse Growing Instructions:

Grow warm at 60-70° F with long days keeping soil evenly moist. Once actively growing temperature can be dropped to 55-65 ° F and feed 100 - 1265 ppm N each watering. Provide 35% shade to avoid leaf burn and plant stress. Plants generally finish in 8-10 weeks based on growing conditions.
Plants Per Gallon: 1
Storage Temperature Prior to Planting: 38
Cooler Humidity Prior to Planting: Low

Transplanting Instructions:

Use a well draining professional potting soil leaving crown of plant at or just above the soil surface. Water well and apply a broad spectrum fungicide according to directions to avoid crown and root rot.

Homeowner Planting and Maintenance Tips:

Easy to grow in moist, well-drained soil. Prefers partial sun to full shade.

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We have done our best to describe this plant as accurately as possible, however, different climates
and growing conditions in different parts of the country will affect height, bloom time, and color.