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Zizia aurea

Native Plants

Common Golden Alexanders

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Summary

The flat-topped yellow umbels of common goldenAlexanders (Zizia aurea), consisting of up to twenty individual tiny flowers, and similar in shape to Queen-Ann’s-lace, are the primary highlight of this carefree species. It is a rugged colonizing plant, with simple heart-shaped basal leaves and compound, deeply toothed leaflets on stems growing 2-’ tall. This plant is found in moist woodlands, meadows, and thickets and is best suited to an informal setting in full sun to light shade in average, well-drained soil. Plant at the edge of a meadow with robin’s-plantain (Erigeron pulchellus), wild geranium (Geranium maculatum), Ozark downy phlox (Phlox pilosasubsp. ozarkana), blue-stemmed goldenrod (Solidago caesia), blue dogbane (Amsonia tabernaemontana), and golden ragwort (Packera aurea). Zones 3-8. 


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  • Plant Type
    perennial 
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    partial-shade-to-full-sun 
  • Foliage Character
    deciduous 
  • Soil Moisture
    average-to-moist 
  • Flowering Period
    mid-to-late-spring
  • Soil PH
    adaptable 
  • Flower Color
    yellow 
  • Summer Foliage Color
    green 
  • Fall Foliage Color
    green 
  • Fruit/Seed Color
    tan