Plant types and subtypes: Perennials
Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade
Water Use: medium
Soil Moisture: moist, wet
Soil Description: acid, rich
Bloom Time: March, April, May
Bloom Color: yellow
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Additional Tags: attracts bees, attracts butterflies, bog plant, clumping, colonizing, cottage garden plant, cut flowers, deer resistant, drought tolerant, medicinal, naturalizing, pond margin plant, semi-deciduous, shade garden plant, stream margin plant
Pricing & Availability
Packera aureaAlso known as:
Senecio aureus, Senecio gracilis
Packera aurea is a spectacular wildflower for full sun to open shade. The flowers are typical of the Aster family, of which it is a member. They are daisy-like, up to 1" across, with yellow disks and rays, and develop atop terminally-branched, 2' tall slender stalks. The basal foliage forms a dense rosette of semi-evergreen, heart-shaped, serrated green leaves with a purple underside. The central, flowering stalk is mostly bare, with 2 or 3 alternate leaves that are much thinner than the basal ones, elongated and deeply lobed.
Highly adaptable, and easy to grow, golden ragwort can provide an effective semi-evergreen ground cover for moist soil, in full sun to open shade. It is adapted to bog-like conditions, and will require consistently moist soil if grown in full sun. It will tolerate drier conditions if grown as a shade plant in organically rich soil that will help retain moisture. It spreads by rhizome-forming fibrous roots and stolons, to form dense, weed-proof colonies. As with other Asters, the seeds are dispersed by the wind, and unwanted spread can be controlled by dead-heading. It enjoys a long blooming period of a month or more, from mid-spring to early summer. Very cold hardy: zones 3-8
Easy to propagate by division in early spring. Seeds will require stratification to become viable.
An excellent choice for rain gardens, in full sun, also combines beautifully with ferns if grown in a shade spot. It is attractive to early pollinators, and very deer resistant.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV
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