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Packera aurea

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Plant types and subtypes: SALE, Perennials

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist, wet

Soil Description: acid, rich

Height: 1'-3'

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

Packera aurea (golden ragwort)
  • Packera aurea (golden ragwort)
  • Packera aurea (golden ragwort)
  • Packera aurea (golden ragwort)
  • Packera aurea (golden ragwort)

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Description

Packera aurea

Also known as:

golden ragwort

,

golden groundsel

Scientific Synonyms:

Senecio aureus, Senecio gracilis

Description

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.

Cultivation

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

Propagation

Easy to propagate by division in early spring. Seeds will require stratification to become viable.

Additional Notes

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

Native Range:
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

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Asteridae
Order Asterales
Family Asteraceae Aster family
Genus Packera ragwort
Species Packera aurea golden ragwort