Thursday 4 January 2024


Leopard-Plant (Farfugium japonicum, 大吴风草).

On the north side of Hunan Martyr's Park in Changsha there are clusters of wooden buildings in various states of advanced decay: maybe leopard-plants were part of an old garden there but they are wild now, forming dense clusters of kidney-shaped leaves in the wet shade. They are now nearing the end of their winter bloom: their large yellow flowers are wilting away into dense daisy-like seed heads.

Leopard-Plant Flower at Hunan Martyr's Park

Leopard-Plant Seed Head at Hunan Martyr's Park