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Ligularia stenocephala ‘The Rocket’
Ligularia stenocephala ‘The Rocket’
Ligularia stenocephala ‘The Rocket’

Ligularia

This moisture-loving member of the Asteraceae family is native to most of eastern Asia and named for its “tongue-shaped” leaves. Whether planted as a specimen or en masse in a semishaded border, on the forest’s edge or by water, Ligularia will dazzle onlookers with its lush foliage and showy flowers

<i>Ligularia stenocephala</i> ‘The Rocket’

While stenocephala refers to the “narrow-headed flower,” ‘The Rocket’ sums up the form of this easily cultivated moisture-loving Ligularia, as well as the charged energy it inspires. The large leaves are Kelly-green, heart-shaped, and coarsely serrated along the margins. Strong shoots, which emerge in the spring, unfurl to create an underlayer of verdant leaves for the clear yellow racemes to blast through on their way to 5 ft. high altitudes. Projecting a prominent textural presence, it will sparkle at water’s edge, beneath woodland canopies or in damp shady borders alongside Rodgersia.

Blooms July|#8211;August

Size: 5' 0" high x 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

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Our featured plant : Aster ‘Bridal Veil’

Autumn is for Asters, Pollinator-friendly American natives, Last 2019 Saturday Stroll!

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Autumn is for Asters....

Aster’s cheerful daisy faces plus the profusion of colors and sizes that make up this genus promise lots of flower power when other perennials have tuckered out. Invaluable for summer and fall gardens, our easy-care Aster offerings are tried-and-true performers in sunny locales with average soil and moderate moisture. Cherished by plant aficionados, flower arrangers, song birds and pollinators, many Aster cultivars work well in either formal or informal venues and can be tucked into stylized meadows, cottage gardens and borders. 

Tall ornamental grasses and perennials, like Calamagrostis, Eupatorium purpureum, Panicum or Helianthus serve as intriguing backdrops, while Molinia lends a mysterious element when planted right up front. Late season bloomers such as Persicaria, Solidago, Sedum, Yarrow, Phlox, Verbena bonariensis, Hypericum androsaemum and Selinum wallichianum become colorful cohorts when intermingled with mid-sized Asters!

Beckon American natives and navitars into your garden...

‘Navitar’ is a relatively new horticultural term coined by esteemed plantsman Dr. Allan Armitage, an author and horticultural professor at the University of Georgia. Navitar refers to both deliberately cultivated selections and naturally occurring variations of native plants. The naturally occurring varieties are often found in the wild or possibly discovered in someone’s backyard. Thankfully, many American natives and navitars nourish song birds, bees, hummingbirds and butterflies plus other beneficial insects.  

We can make a difference by including numerous plants that benefit pollinators in our landscapes. We hope this selection of natives, nativars and pollinator-friendly plants will inspire you to find some room for them in your border.

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