Q.Is This Plant That Appeared This Year In My Old Garden A LIGULARIA? The Bloom Is Not Yellow!!
I bought a lovely 1907 Craftsman house on the redwood coast of California 5 years ago that has a magical garden. The perennial that appeared after good rains this fall at the base of an old climbing rose was a surprise. I thought the foliage as it developed was a Ligularia, but then it bloomed with a purple and white flower!! What is this??? My home is next to the old house and incredible gardens of Dr. Paul Bowman, who traveled the world for plant specimens and helped develop the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. My old flower beds are full of some unusual fushia, azalia, and rhododendron specimens that I think might have been shared a century ago by Dr. Bowman. I would love to know what your home gardening experts think about this plant, and if I should let it continue to thrive at the foot of the old rose or try to move it.
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The closest I am finding is pericallis (Cineraria, Common Ragwort). The leaves are not exact, but it could be a cultivar. Since it seems happy, I would leave it where it is for now.