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Zizia aurea

Native Plants

Golden Alexanders

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Summary

The flat-topped yellow umbels of golden Alexanders, consisting of up to 20 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 2-2½’ tall. Zizia aurea 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 Erigeron pulchellus, Geranium maculatum, Phlox pilosa ssp. ozarkana, Solidago caesia, Amsonia tabernaemontana, and Packera aurea.


More Details

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