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Doronicum orientale (leopard's bane)

Doronicum orientale is an early-flowering, lemon-yellow daisy, with a single flowerhead on an upright stem, and soft, rounded leaves.
Yellow flowers of Doronicum orientale

Doronicum orientale (Photo: Martyn Rix)

Species information

Scientific name: 

Doronicum orientale Hoffm.

Common name: 

leopard's bane

Conservation status: 

Widespread and not considered to be threatened.

Habitat: 

Woodland and shady, rocky places.

Key Uses: 

Ornamental.

Known hazards: 

Doronicum species are poisonous to cattle and pigs.

Taxonomy

Subclass: 
Superorder: 
Asteranae
Order: 
Asterales
Family: 
Compositae/Asteraceae
Genus: Doronicum

About this species

Doronicum orientale is one of the earliest-flowering of the yellow daisies, the flowerheads usually opening in April and May. It grows from a thickened rhizome (underground stem). The softly-hairy leaves appear in February, and the plant becomes dormant by late summer. The flower stems are upright, unbranched, and usually bear a single leaf. The narrow ray florets are lemon-yellow.

Synonym: 

Doronicum caucasicum

Genus: 
Doronicum

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