Farfugium japonicum

  • Farfugium japonicum


Remarkably large leaves

The plant world offers up many discreet celebrities, as well as more exuberant stars such as the leafy diva Farfugium japonicum! Here at our four-star campsite Les Jardins de La Pascalinette ® in the Var, French Riviera-Côte d’Azur, we love this plant’s amazing leaves and very-glamorous little yellow flowers, which contrast magnificently with its foliage. Blooming in October – November, they bring an undeniable touch of warmth to the cooler days of autumn.

Originating from Japan, Farfugium japonicum is also known as leopard plant, green leopard plant or tractor seat plant. Its large, heart-shaped leaves, as thick and shiny as leather, can reach up to 30 cm in diameter (!) and are somewhat reminiscent of water lilies. Even more so in that this pretty perennial also appreciates damp, shady spots and is often found growing around ponds.

Robust and easy to grow

Although it is relatively little-known in our region, this pretty and exuberant plant adds a delightfully exotic and sophisticated touch to our gardens and catches the eye of holidaymakers strolling among our exceptional vegetation.

Its leaves, which almost resemble large fans, create a surprising visual effect.

In addition to its aesthetics, Farfugium japonicum is a hardy plant that is very easy to look after. It is relatively resistant to disease and pests, making it an undemanding choice for novices or busy gardeners.


Latin name :Farfugium japonicum
Family :Astéracaea
Genus :Farfugium
Species :Japonicum
Color :Green and yellow foliage, yellow flowers
Origin :Japan
Foliage :Evergreen or semi-evergreen depending on the climate
Port :Rounded tuft / Perennial
Height :60 cm
Flowering :October-November
Farfugium japonicum

Did you know?

The Japanese produce a liqueur with its flower buds and flowers.