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How to grow Ligularia : The Rocket ?

Ligularia – although there are many common names for these dramatic and handsome beauties, in Calgary the usual term is the generic ligularia. They are fabulous perennials, occurring naturally from Europe across to Japan.
Ligularia stenocephala ‘The Rocket’ belongs to the plant family COMPOSIT and Genus Ligularia. This genus was classified into the Compositae by count Alexandre de Cassioni in his early 19th century work, Dictionarie de Sciences Naturelles. It is today groued into the Asteraceae. The species is native to northern China, Japan and Taiwan. This is the only widely cultivated variety.

– Ligularia ‘The Rocket’ is a stately plant with very tall, 5 to 6′ golden yellow flower spikes that rise up high over large, serrated green foliage.
– The long narrow yellow spires open up with blooms from bottom to top.
– All plants need light to allow the photosynthesis process of converting carbon dioxide to growth sugars to take place.
– Some plants need more sun-light than others.
– Ligularia stenocephala ‘The Rocket’ does not attract these beautiful hummingbird, sunbird or nectar feeding varieties of garden birds.
– Almost all plants grown in gardens need to be fed using fertilzer in order to see them at their best.
– It performs at its best when planted in cool, wet areas.
– Ligularia stenocephala ‘The Rocket’ can survive very cold winters with annual averages as low as -30 Fahrenheit.
– This plant likes soils that are bog.
– This species likes partial to full shade. It does well in moist soils.
– Ligularia stenocephala ‘The Rocket’ is a perennial.
– A robust perennial essential to the mixed border and back of perennial beds. Attractive massed in a woodland setting. Linear planting creates a striking seasonal hedge-like mass.
– Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system.
– Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.
– Prune old flower heads to encourage more blossoms.

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