Leopard’s-bane or Doronicum, are among some of the oldest cultivated ‘ornamental’ flowers. Of the 35 species of Doronicum, surprisingly few are commonly cultivated; yet those that are cultivated have been grown for hundreds of years. The genus is native to Eurasia, growing from open woodlands, meadows to alpine regions. Depending on the species, their heights may vary from 20 cm to over 1 m. They are among the earliest-blooming ‘daisies’ in our gardens, appreciated for their numerous yellow flowers which contrast and compliment the many spring bulbs that bloom concurrently with them. Leopard’s-bane are also excellent cut-flowers. Please note that all are toxic.