Little Leo Leopard’s Bane

When most people think of yellow color in the Spring garden, Daffodils come to mind. But that just means that most people haven’t yet heard of Little Leo Leopard’s Bane, an easy-care perennial that never disappoints!

Little Leo Leopard's Bane - an easy-care, Spring-flowering perennial that blooms non-stop all season long!

I first read about Leopard’s Bane in one of the many gardening books I purchased when we moved here, almost 8 years ago. (Has it been 8 years already? Where does the time go?)

Little Leo Leopard's Bane

Here’s all I needed to know about Leopard’s Bane:

  • Doesn’t mind wet, moist soil (perfect after all of the snow we got this year!)
  • It’s a perennial
  • It provides gorgeous yellow blooms all Spring season long
  • Does well in either full shade, full sun, or a mix of both
  • USDA Zones 4 to 8 (conditions may vary where you live)

Translation? Buy! Buy! Buy!

Leopard's Bane

Little Leo Leopard’s Bane is one of the earliest perennials to bloom in our backyard gardens. It pops up even before our Daffodils and blooms it’s heart out for months! (This year, our Leopard’s Bane was blooming by the start of April, and lasted until Memorial Day weekend!)

The flowers look like yellow daisies and provide such a wonderful pop of color, especially in the early Spring!

Little Leo Leopard's Bane perennial flowers

We planted it next to our purple Heather, which is a kindred spirit: Heather is also an early bloomer that puts on quite a Spring show every year!

Heather

While the Little Leo Leopard’s Bane is blooming, many of the other garden perennials begin to awake.

Leopard's Bane Spring flowers

The ornamental onions (to the right of the Leopard’s Bane) start working on their own purple buds.

purple Allium buds

And when the Leopard’s Bane is finished with it’s magnificent display, the Alliums (ornamental onions) burst open in full bloom to take over the show!

Leopard's Bane fading in late Spring

This is how Little Leo looked (say that 10 times fast) on May 21st this year:

Little Leo fading in late Spring

The only bit of care needed? Trimming back the dead and dying flower stalks down to their bases. You’re left with the pretty green leaves of the plant.

Leopard's Bane after flowers are gone

As our Leopard’s Bane begins to take a background role in the garden, its leaves are joined by the leaves of our Japanese Anemone plants.

The arrow below left is Japanese Anemone; on the right is Leopard’s Bane. (Click here to read why I love Japanese Anemones!)

Leopard's Bane in the garden

The leaves of the Leopard’s Bane will continue to fade into the background, and in some cases will almost die back to the ground over time. It isn’t even noticeable, as so many other perennials are getting ready for their turn to shine.

The arrow below is pointing at the Leopard’s Bane. Below the Leopard’s Bane is Heather, also finished blooming for the season. To the left is the Japanese Anemone. I love how they all sort of blend together!

Japanese Anemone, Leopard's Bane, Heather

For more yellow flowers in the garden, we’re looking forward to the Coreopsis flowers blooming all Summer long! Check out the Coreopsis buds in this photo below, taken over the Memorial Day weekend!

Coreopsis buds

Our garden stars right now are the Ornamental Alliums and the bushy Dianthus plants. There’s some Salvia peeking out back there too!

Alliums, Dianthus, Leopard's Bane

We’re thrilled with our Little Leo Leopard’s Bane (see yellow arrow above), which kicked off this Spring garden season almost two months ago!

Keep Leopard’s Bane in mind as you shop for flowers. And if you don’t see it in your local garden nurseries, definitely find it online and purchase it!

You’ll have a front row ticket for next year’s amazing, long-blooming Spring show!

Happy gardening!

~Laura