Plant Guide

Ligularia japonicum 'Giganteum'

tractor seat plant

Clump forming plant with large, leathery, glossy leaves on long stalks. Often referred to as tractor seat plant in New Zealand because the leaves have the same shape and nearly the same size as the metal seats of vintage tractors. Long flowering stems with panicles of yellow daisy-like flowers during late summer or autumn. All parts are poisonous. Hardy to -18oC. Tolerates drier conditions than many other Ligularia species, but even with adequate moisture leaves may wilt if the position is too sunny.

Synonyms: Ligularia reniformis, Ligularia tussilaginea, Farfugium japonicum var. giganteum, Farfugium reniforme.

Type of plant

Herbaceous - Perennial


.8 x .8 m

Landscape Use

foliage plant for shade or woodland gardens, along streams, ponds or pools.


  • Temperature: Hardy
  • Light: Low Medium
  • Moisture: Medium
  • Soil: Medium Heavy
  • Wind tolerance: Low
  • Coastal tolerance: Low