Farfugium japonicum Crispata

S & J Nursery’s Guide to Growing

Farfugium japonicum ‘Crispata’

 Ruffled Leopard Plant

( Farfugium japonicum ‘Crispata’)

Farfugium Crispata foliage up close
Farfugium japonicum Crispata / Ruffled Leopard Plant Origins:

 – Another personal favorite plant for easy maintenance gardens in Northeast Florida.  Ruffled leopard Plant / Parsley Leopard Plant / Parsley Ligularia and
crested leopard plant may be just a few of the names you can find these being sold at garden centers under. Farfugium japonicum ‘Crispata’ is a beautiful and practical garden plant with grey green ruffled leaves.

 – Fast growing and easy to care for, these Ruffled Leopard plants
originate from Asia and add an instant feel of the tropics to your Northeast Florida landscape.

Preferred Exposure of the Farfugium japonicum Crispata / Ruffled Leopard Plant :

– Plant these specimen plants in a shade to part sun / part shade garden location in the Northeast Florida | Jacksonville | St. Augustine area landscapes. When planted into a location that receives more sun, plants may need more frequent irrigation during hot dry summer months.

Foliage and Plant Size of the Farfugium japonicum Crispata / Ruffled Leopard Plant :

– Thick leathery leaves are have a soft gray green color and feel to them and a triple curled edge that bends up to the top of the leaf and down towards the base of the stem trying to make room for all that ruffle! Very pretty plants in the landscape. Leaves 3-5 inch wide leaves.

 – Foliage grows in a rounded mound and mature size can be as much
as  2 ft in height and width.

 – A very unusual garden specimen with appeal for both the seasoned
plant collector and new gardeners. These pretty plants are easy maintenance garden selections and could be utilized more in our Northeast Florida / Jacksonville and St. Augustine area gardens.

  – Farfugium plants are cold hardy well above our semitropical climate
zones in the North Florida | Jacksonville | St. Augustine area landscape. ( Hardy in zones 8-11) and make a reliable garden perennial planting.

Soil Preference / Salt tolerance of the Farfugium japonicum Crispata / Ruffled Leopard Plant :

– Farfugium japonicum ‘Crispata’ will thrive in soils that are rich and moist but that do not hold water after heavy rains. (No continually wet soils)

 – They need well draining soils that are rich in organic matter and seem
to be quite tolerant of the dry sandy soils that I continually expose them to on my home garden site. Don’t shy away form these plants if you have dry shady areas, just  amend sandy soils generously with compost at planting time. These plants are extremely forgiving and although they will have a tendency to wilt during hot summer months under dry conditions they bounce back quickly when watered and just keep on growing!

 – Salt tolerance unknown, it seems garden authorities are hesitant on the
subject. I have yet to try them on the ocean side of the coast but would love to find out as they are coastal members of the plant community in their native Japan.

Growth Habit of the Farfugium japonicum
Crispata / Ruffled Leopard Plant :

– Clumping perennial herb forms an attractive, upright mound of tropical foliage. Clumps can be divided in early spring for more garden plants. Remember to water daily for a week or two after dividing to be sure plants make a speedy recovery.

Growth Rate of the Farfugium
japonicum Crispata / Ruffled Leopard Plant :

– Moderate to fast growing, you can expect your plant to double its height in the first year when planted from a one gallon pot. 2-3 years in the landscape under ideal conditions to mature height and width. ( a little slower in garden areas that do not receive supplemental irrigation)

Water Requirement of the Farfugium
japonicum Crispata / Ruffled Leopard Plant :

– Although much more durable once established in the landscape, regular water is necessary to get the plant rooted and growing on its own after being planted in the ground from an S & J Tree Farm and Nursery container. Use supplemental irrigation when planted in full sun or in extremely sandy soil.

Uses For Farfugium japonicum Crispata / Ruffled Leopard
in the Jacksonville | St. Augustine Area Landscapes :

– Farfugium is a great easy care low maintenance addition to just about any
landscape. It is no secret that I think every yard should have them in it, I get so excited when I visit a botanical garden and see that they have added a plant or two to their collection you would think I discovered
the things myself. Here are a few of the ways I have seen them incorporated into our Northeast Florida landscapes.

 – Farfugium plants will blend perfectly into traditional formal
landscapes or tropical gardens.

 – Farfugium plants are right at home in the middle of a perennial bed amongst the flowers and blend beautifully into any Cottage garden setting.

 – They make an excellent potted plant accent for the pool or patio

 – Excellent pond side planting, as long as they are planted just above the
flood line.

 – Perfect in masses under larger trees and palms and add to the instant
eye appeal when planted near statues, seating wall areas, park benches, bird baths etc.

Care  of Farfugium japonicum
Crispata / Ruffled Leopard Plant :

 – Low care landscape pant selection.

– Water every day during the establishment period after planting in the garden from a nursery container.

– Farfugium japonicum plants will need good water during the establishment period and occasional supplemental irrigation during dry spells or particularly hot dry summers if not planted into naturally moist soils.

– As with all perennial plantings, amending the soil with compost when planting your Farfugium japonicum ‘Crispata’ plants will help keep them healthy and happy through the years.

– Fertilize each spring with a handful of garden compost or a mixture of Milorganite or Green Edge Fertilizer and a slow release poly coated plant food such as Osmocote or Stay Green general purpose plant food or 10-10-10. I particularly like the Milorganite or even cow manure option for sandy soils each year as a surface application before you remulch the area to help the plants hold moisture.