Louis Raymond experiments in his own gardens like

a mad scientist, searching out plants that most people have

never seen before & figuring out how to make them perform.- The Boston Globe

…Louis Raymond ensures that trees can grow in Brooklyn…

or just about any other place where concrete consumes

the dirt and skyscrapers shield the sunshine.- USA Today

 
 

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Plant Profiles

Today in the Garden of a Lifetime: Seedheads of Fischer's Ligularia

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Seed heads of Ligularia are as showy as the flowers—and are longer lasting by weeks.  This is Ligularia fischeri, whose spikes of bright yellow daisies are a September surprise.  A month later, they have matured to fluffiness that neither cold nor storms can disperse before its chosen time.

 

Ligularia fischeri is native to eastern Asia.  Perhaps there it self-seeds with the unstoppable profusion of dandelions.  I've never encountered a volunteer plant in my garden, despite the clump's many spikes, and the hundreds of fluffy seeds that must be waiting to disperse from each.

 

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One possibility is that Ligularia is notorious for being "self-sterile:" for not being able to set seeds if pollination can only occur among the flowers of a single plant.  All that seeming fluff notwithstanding, there might not be any viable seeds. 

 

Happily, then, this month-long show needn't be curtailed.  Fluff on!

 

Here's how to grow Fischer's ligularia.

 

 
 
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