Doronicum – Leopard’s Bane
The Leopard’s Bane is one
of the few hardy plants which blossom very early in
the Spring and continues into the Autumn. It grows about
2 feet high and has broad, oblong leaves of a rich,
soft green color which appear with the first signs of
Spring. The single flowers are produced on long, stiff
stems and resemble a very large yellow Daisy with a
yellow center. In fact, these are the earliest yellow
Daisy-like flowers. Doronicum plantagineum excelsum
is the most commonly cultivated sort. The flowers
are 4 inches in diameter and the plants grow 3 feet
to 4 feet tall. They begin to bloom in early Spring
and continue through the Summer. D. caucasicum grows
ll inches to 18 inches tall. The catalogs also include
D. austraiacum and D. Clusii as being
UTILIZE. Because of their
long, straight stems, they make excellent cut flowers
and they last for a number of days when placed in water.
Because of their rich golden color, they are splendid
for the border, for they begin blooming when yellow
flowers are rather scarce. If placed in pots, they can
be easily forced into flower during the Winter months
for the window garden. They succeed well when planted
among the Spring bulbous flowers and shrubs or in the
rock garden, and they are equally attractive when planted
in masses or when used as single plants.
GENERAL. They grow readily
anywhere if planted in rich loam and are equally good
in shady or sunny positions.
PROPAGATION. The plants should
be divided soon after they finish flowering.