On Your Marks, Get Set (Wait For It)…Doronicum!

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Also known as Leopard’s Bane, and another wonderful member of the daisy family. I am not entirely sure which variety of Doronicum it is, but am plumping for D. plantagineum as this name means plantain-like in reference to the leaf shape. Most Doronicum varieties seem to have heart-shaped leaves, and flower earlier in the season than the one in my garden. But if anyone has a better idea, please tell me.

Nor do I know if this particular variety has any noteworthy therapeutic properties, but we do have a powerful lack of leopards here on Sheinton Street, so it clearly has some very active big-feline-defence ingredient. It is also standing up bravely against the hot, dry weather and, along with the drumstick alliums, is the most vibrant bloomer in the garden at the moment. Not for long though. The golden rod, which is all over the place, is about to do its stuff. I’m looking forward to the all-yellow garden.

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34 thoughts on “On Your Marks, Get Set (Wait For It)…Doronicum!

    1. Thanks, Marie. It looks like a coiled spring doesn’t it. I checked to see if the buds were all the same, i.e. wound up either clockwise or anticlockwise, but I spotted both.

  1. the many faces of daisy… could be a poem or a play… and such a beautiful flower, though not what I learned was a daisy. I have to have those white leaves on the flower to really enjoy them.

      1. I must find some more pix to post. My allotment chum, Phoebe, has grown big a bed of huge white and yellow garden daisies, perhaps not as sweet as the wild ox-eye daisy or the little common daisy, but very pleasing.

  2. haha – love how this reminds me of the circle of life: active big-feline-defence
    because of course floral notes have many purposes – and your note about the golden rod reminds me of the year 1990 – I drove down a road called “Goldenrod” almost every day and that whole year I never associated it with a flower. duh. I was thinking yellow pipe.

  3. Ours is all fragranced ruby rose and the crocosmia lucifer is just breaking into flame. 🙂 🙂 A lovely warm evening but I’m indoors waiting for the second semi-final to start at Wimbledon. 😦

    1. Crocosmia is amazing isn’t it. Got a clump just coming out behind the privvies. Also we’ve had some rain. Hurrah! A brief stormy burst, but enough to wet the ground, so it’s cooler here at last. Happy tennis-ing!

  4. Ah, I used to grow this in Doncaster, but the spring flowering variety I think. I love the coiled spring affect with the fabulous spiky ruff! Well captured.

    1. Thanks, Jude. That spiky ruff makes me think of sea creatures somehow. Anyway, after yesterday’s fast and furious rain, the buds are bursting out all over. Very jolly!.

      1. We had a big cloud burst that lasted about half an hour. It did actually penetrate the soil, the plants were SO happy – afterwards that is. So no damage, thanks for asking, Jude.

  5. You are right. All the yellow flowers are about to pop. Then we have the yellow leaves and the red leaves and the orange leaves and the … never mind. I won’t say the word. Bad luck!

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