Farfugium japonicum

Yellow Clivia echoes the spots of Farfugium japonicum Aureomaculatum in the garden of Grace Stanton in Sydney

This is a rhizomatous evergreen perennial from Japan, which is actually a member of the Asteraceae family of plants that encompasses many of the daisies. It has rounded leathery leaves and likes moist soil in part shade. It won't do well in a parched position, and too much sun will scorch the leaves. It will spread to form a clump about 30-60cm high. There is a plain green form. The gold-variegated form, 'Aureomaculatum', is sometimes called the leopard plant: it has irregular yellow spots on its leaves. It can be propagated by division in early spring. It brings a splash of light to shaded areas and is effective combined with gold foliage or yellow flowers. It has yellow daisy-like flowers. There is also a rarer white-variegated form, 'Argenteum' (syn. 'Albovariegatum').