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Packera obovata

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials, Ground Covers

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

Water Use: low

Soil Moisture: dry, moist

Soil Description: acid, neutral, rich, average, loam, clay, sand, gravel/rock

Height: 6"-18"

Bloom Time: April, May, June

Bloom Color: yellow, orange

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Additional Tags: attracts bees, colonizing, deer resistant, drought tolerant, naturalizing, semi-deciduous, shade garden plant

Packera obovata (roundleaf ragwort)
  • Packera obovata (roundleaf ragwort)
  • Packera obovata (roundleaf ragwort)
  • Packera obovata (roundleaf ragwort)
  • Packera obovata (roundleaf ragwort)

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Description

Packera obovata

Also known as:

roundleaf ragwort

,

golden groundsel

,

roundleaf groundsel

,

spoon leaved ragwort

,

squawweed

Scientific Synonyms:

Senecio obovatus, Senecio obovatus var. elliottii, Senecio obovatus var. rotundus, Senecio rotundus

Description

Packera obovata is a spectacular wildflower for full sun to open shade. It is similar in many ways to Packera aurea, but can be distinguished from it by its leaves that are more rounded. 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, rounded, obovate, serrated leaves. 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. While the foliage stays close to the ground forming an effective ground cover, the flowering stems will shoot up to a height of 18" or more.

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 will tolerate dry conditions if grown as a shade plant in organically rich soil that will help it retain some 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

This species has become popular as a green mulch. It blooms earlier than most plants used in pollinator gardens, and is well adapted to the shade that taller perennials will provide later in the season. The semi-evergreen basal foliage will create an attractive ground cover that will help retain moisture and prevent weeds from establishing.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, AR, CT, DC, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, 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 obovata roundleaf ragwort