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[New Latin, genus name, from Medieval Latin deronicum, leopard's bane, from Arabic darawnaj, of Middle Persian origin; akin to Persian darūnak.]


(Plants) any plant of the Eurasian and N African genus Doronicum, such as leopard's-bane, having yellow daisy-like flower heads: family Asteraceae (composites)
[C17: New Latin, from Arabic dorūnaj]


(dəˈrɒn ɪ kəm)

any of various Eurasian composite plants of the genus Doronicum, cultivated for their showy yellow flowers.
[1600–10; < New Latin < Arabic dārūn(aj) (< Persian darūnak)]
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Noun1.doronicum - genus of Eurasian perennial tuberous or rhizomatous herbs: leopard's baneDoronicum - genus of Eurasian perennial tuberous or rhizomatous herbs: leopard's bane
asterid dicot genus - genus of more or less advanced dicotyledonous herbs and some trees and shrubs
aster family, Asteraceae, Compositae, family Asteraceae, family Compositae - plants with heads composed of many florets: aster; daisy; dandelion; goldenrod; marigold; lettuces; ragweed; sunflower; thistle; zinnia
leopardbane, leopard's-bane - any of several herbs of the genus Doronicum having alternate often clasping stem leaves cultivated for their long stalks of yellow flower heads
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Cut down doronicums and pulmonarias after flowering.
Doronicums, the leopard's banes, are a perfect example of a well behaved perennial and will give a good show in spring in a sunny position.
All doronicums will grow in any reasonable soil in sun or partial shade.
As the last of the spring-flowering bulbs die back, the first of the herbaceous perennials are coming into flower, with lupins and delphiniums making good growth, and the first to flower, the Doronicums, in full bloom.
Early summer flowering perennials such as doronicums and aquilegias tend to attract mildew at this time of year.
Doronicums originate from across Europe and Asia and, for the most part, require an well-drained soil in an open, sunny position to do well.
Doronicums are appearing in garden centres after a long period out of fashion, giving newer gardeners the opportunity to discover these excellent border plants.