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Little Rocket Ligularia

Ligularia 'Little Rocket'

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Little Rocket Ligularia (Ligularia 'Little Rocket') at Gertens

Little Rocket Ligularia in bloom

Little Rocket Ligularia in bloom

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Little Rocket Ligularia (Ligularia 'Little Rocket') at Gertens

Little Rocket Ligularia flowers

Little Rocket Ligularia flowers

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Height:  3 feet

Spread:  30 inches

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Other Names:  Rayflower

Brand:  Gertens

Description:

This dwarf cultivar of The Rocket is an excellent choice where space is a concern; long spikes of bright yellow flowers rise above dark green foliage that is coarse in texture; Desires moist soil and lots of shade

Ornamental Features

Little Rocket Ligularia features bold spikes of yellow flowers rising above the foliage from mid to late summer. Its large serrated heart-shaped leaves remain dark green in color throughout the season. The deep purple stems are very colorful and add to the overall interest of the plant.

Landscape Attributes

Little Rocket Ligularia is an herbaceous perennial with a rigidly upright and towering form. Its wonderfully bold, coarse texture can be very effective in a balanced garden composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Little Rocket Ligularia is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Vertical Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Bog Gardens

Planting & Growing

Little Rocket Ligularia will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 30 inches. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It prefers to grow in moist to wet soil, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

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Characteristics
Articulation  Massing  Garden  Bog 
Applications
Flowers  Texture  Plant Form  Bark 
Ornamental Features