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A potpourri (below) of leopardplant/Ligularia species information as a supplement to other articles.
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Cool air and moist soil that drains well are critical to growing this plant well. When the air temperature climbs above 85F the plant seems to melt and is sad to look upon. Where the soil is soggy, roots rot -- a common occurrence since concerned gardeners run for the hose when they see a meltdown, yet the plant cannot take up water when it is hot since all photosynthesis has shut down.
Root rot compounds the meltdown problem. Root loss reduces the amount of water the plant can take up to weather the next dry spell.