Ligularia (Leopard Plant, Summer Ragwort, Ragwort Flower)

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  • Common Name: Ligularia (Leopard Plant, Summer Ragwort, Ragwort Flower)
  • Latin Name: Ligularia spp., esp. Ligularia dentata, L. przewalskii and L. stenocephala
  • Family Name: Asteraceae/Compositae

Many species of Ligularia contain Pyrrolizidine alkaloids,  although toxicity would probably only occur if large quantities were ingested.   Because we can find no studies of Ligularia in the tortoise diet, we recommend erring on the side of caution and not feeding it to your tortoise.

The leaves of various species of Ligularia can vary in shape and also in colour (ranging from green to dark maroon), and the yellow or orange flowers are presented either as tall narrow, or cone-shaped spikes, or as flat-topped clusters, depending on the species.

Do not confuse with the other plant called Ragwort, which has a similar name, but is a completely different plant and is highly toxic.

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