The previous owner of our home was very clever when she added her perennial gardens; with so many different varieties blooming at different times. Late summer brought another flower that I did not know the name of.
I thought I was going to have to ask for help, but with much research, I finally figured it out! At first I thought it might be what is called “yellow ragwort” which didn’t seem to be a good thing, because that plant is thought to be invasive and toxic to some animals. I definitely want to keep this plant, because look at the interesting way the flowers open up!
The flowers looked similar but the leaves were not right, and I finally found the exact match with “Ligularia dentata” (botanical name), also called “summer ragwort”, “leopard plant”, or “elephant ears”. I’m not sure where “leopard plant” came from, but judging by the leaves, “elephant ears” makes more sense! The first photo shows best just how large the leaves are.
Our late summer/early fall evenings have been so enjoyable, sitting on the deck watching the birds (meaning our chickens and guinea hens, along with the occasional hummingbird who also enjoy the flowers) and looking at the pretty gardens. Luke likes to lie outside there with us as well and keep an eye on things; sometimes chasing a ball, and sometimes chasing the birds if they are near his fence!
Everything is winding down now, but we may get to share just a few more flowers before winter arrives. Even with things starting to die, autumn brings it’s own particular beauty, don’t you think?
We are happy to be joining the Flower Friday blog hop, hosted by Da DB Boyz. Please visit other blogs through the links below for more beautiful flowers!